Whenever we talk about Lyme disease, one proverb often comes into our mind “Prevention is better than cure.”
We all know that there are some ticks that can spread diseases. It’s true that not all ticks can cause illness and not all tick-bites can make you ill. However, in recent years diseases caused by tick-bites have become more widespread. This is the reason why it has become more important to learn,
- how to prevent a tick bite
- how to remove a tick
- what to do if you think you’ve a tick-borne disease
You’ll be surprised to know that Lyme disease is one of the most common diseases spread by ticks in Sydney, Australia. However, there are other serious diseases that are spread by ticks, and just like Lyme disease, these diseases are also affecting many Australians.
- Prevent Disease By Protecting Yourself
Deer ticks are usually found in shady, moist-ridden regions at ground level. These ticks usually stick to tall grass, shrubs and bushes, not more than 20-22 inches off the land. Deer ticks are also found in gardens and lawns, particularly around old stone walls or at the edges of woods.
When a tick gets stuck on a human body, it usually moves in an upward direction until it reaches a protected body part.
The best protection while you’re roaming in a tick-infested area is by making an effort to avoid contact with soil, leaf litter and other form of vegetation. What to do if you’re an avid fan of gardening, camping, hunting, hiking, or spending time outdoors? Here are a few things you can try:
- If possible, while roaming outdoors wear light-coloured clothes with a close weave to spot ticks quickly.
- Try wearing Long-sleeved shirt, long jeans enclosed shoes, tuck shirt into your jeans, and jeans legs into boots.
- Tie your long hair, especially while gardening.
- While camping or hiking, check your clothes and exposed skin at frequent intervals to spot any ticks.
- Always carry an insect repellent when you are outdoors for many hours.
- It’s better to avoid extremely dense woods and bushy areas. Remain on cleared, well-travelled trails and walk in the centre of trails.
- Don’t sit on stone walls or on the ground directly. You can spread a sheet, and then rest on it.
- Within two hours after getting back from outdoors, you should take a bath or shower. In fact, you need to do this as soon as you’re in your home. This will help to wash off and easily find ticks that may be stuck on your body.
- At the end of the day, do a final, full-body check, and remove ticks promptly if you find any.
Remember, if you develop a rash or flu-like symptoms after a tick bite, then immediately visit a doctor for proper treatment. Dr Dobie is one of the most renowned doctors who offer the best Lyme disease treatment in Australia.