Summer break is here, allowing us more time to spend outside.  Whether you like to play sports, lounge poolside, go camping and fishing, or explore new places, you need to protect yourself and your family from ticks.

How to protect yourself from ticks

After spending time outdoors, remember to check yourself and your family for ticks. Ticks are likely to be found on the legs, in the groin, in the armpits, along the hairline, and in or behind the ears. Deer ticks are very small, so look for new “freckles”.

What to do if you find a tick on yourself or someone else

If bitten by a tick, it’s important to remove the miniscule arachnid as soon as you can.

*NEVER use a match to get the tick to back out, as this can cause it to regurgitate infected fluids into the wound.

What to look out for after being bit by a tick

If the tick was removed without you knowing it, such as in the shower or random scratching, you might be left with only a small bite mark. Within three days of a tick bite, the most common identifying mark is a dime-sized red spot. This is caused by an allergic reaction to the tick’s saliva.

Tick bite marks can start off looking like any number of insect bites like a mosquito bite.  If you know you were bitten by a tick, draw a circle around the site of the bite with a ballpoint pen to record the original size. Keep an eye on the bite site for changes over the next 36-48 hours. If the size of the bite expands, becomes redder, or develops a raised appearance within that time, you should seek medical advice as this could be a sign of Lyme disease.

Piedmont Urgent Care is open every day from 8AM – 8PM with walk-in availability; no appointments are necessary.  Located at 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton, VA.  Phone:  (540)347-5200.   Piedmont Urgent Care strives to provide top-notch care with minimal wait time for all of our patients, however; walk-in availability does create varying waiting times.   When you need non-emergency medical attention, Piedmont Urgent Care is available every day to address your medical concerns.

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