BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont officials over tips on protecting yourself from tick bites during the summer.
The Vermont Health Department says transmission of Lyme Disease can be prevented if a tick is removed with about 36 hours.
Ticks are often found in tall grass areas with a lot of brush and leaf litter, and along forest edges.
Tips from the Vermont Health Department:
REPEL - Before you go outside, remember to use insect repellant with up to 30% DEET and treat clothes with permethrin. When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and tuck your pants into your socks to keep ticks away from your skin. Inspect yourself regularly when outside to catch any ticks before they bite.
INSPECT – Do daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets. Check yourself from head to toe. While nymphs are most commonly found on the lower legs, they may be anywhere on the body.
REMOVE – Remove ticks promptly. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has also been proven effective in preventing Lyme disease by washing ticks off the skin. The incidence of Lyme disease continues to rise in Vermont.
The Health Department says the first sign of Lyme disease is often an expanding red rash at the site of the tick bite. The rash usually appears seven to 14 days after the tick bite, but sometimes it takes up to 30 days to appear. Not everyone gets the rash, so be on the lookout for other symptoms of early Lyme disease, such as fatigue, headache, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle and joint pain.
For more information about ticks and Lyme disease visit healthvermont.gov.
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