Healthy Tip Of the Week (HTW): July 10-15

GHHEditor July 10th

It is summer time and the warm weather comes with some unwanted friends! This season ticks have been the talk around town as the appearance of these little insects around area parks have increased.

1. Know your ticks. Not all ticks can cause Disease and not all tick bites will make you sick, but as these diseases caused by ticks, such as Lyme, become more common it's important to learn how to prevent a bite. To obtain more information on how to avoid bites CLICK HERE.

2. Some simple rules you can follow to protect yourself against ticks include: Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily, check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.

3. You could also use insect repellent to avoid tick bites. For more information on how to choose the best repellent for you and your family VISIT

4. Additional ways to prevent tick bites is to avoid dense woods and bushy areas, avoid sitting directly on the ground or on stone walls and bathe or shower as soon as possible after going indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be on you.

5. If you develop a rash or flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately or visit your nearest urgent care.

Summer can be fun, but at the same time we need to stay safe and healthy to enjoy the warm months!

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