“Ideally you want to prevent ticks from getting on your skin.”
Harleysville, PA (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
As a part of Lyme Awareness Month, Kimberly Davidow is highlighting Lyme disease with a special focus on prevention. She is planning to talk to patients at Haverford Wellness Center about how they contracted Lyme disease and the affects Lyme disease has had on their lives. Kimberly is expected to interview Haverford Wellness Medical Director, Dr. Dominick Braccia, about measures that can be taken to prevent Lyme disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control the northeast United States, especially PA and NJ, have some of the highest number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the nation. And because of the warm winter in the northeast experts believe there will be more ticks than usual in wooded areas.
“Prevention is the key,” says Dr. Braccia, Medical Director of Haverford Wellness Center. “Ideally you want to prevent ticks from getting on your skin.” Here are some prevention tips he offers:
Avoid areas with a lot of ticks
- Ticks prefer wooded and bushy areas with high grass and a lot of leaf litter. These are very common in the Wilmington, Delaware area. These are areas to avoid.
- Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. This is when ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active.
- If you do enter a tick area, walk in the center of the trail to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter.
- Ask your local health department and park or extension service about tick infested areas to avoid.
Keep ticks off your skin
- Use insect repellent with Permethrin to prevent tick bites. It can be purchased at outdoor equipment stores that carry camping or hunting gear. Permethrin kills ticks on contact! One application to pants, socks, and shoes typically stays effective through several washings. Permethrin should not be applied directly to skin.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin. Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily. Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing. If you'll be outside for an extended period of time, tape the area where your pants and socks meet to prevent ticks from crawling under your clothes.
Check your skin and clothes for ticks every day
- Remove ticks from your clothes before going indoors. To kill ticks that you may have missed, wash your clothes with hot water and dry them using high heat for at least one hour.
- Perform daily tick checks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Inspect all parts of your body carefully including your armpits, scalp, and groin. Remove ticks immediately using fine-tipped tweezers.
- If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and be alert for any signs and symptoms of tick-borne illness.
According to Dr. Braccia, “If you suspect Lyme disease it's important to get an accurate Lyme diagnosis and Lyme treatment started right away.”
More Lyme prevention tips as will as Lyme treatmnet information can be found at http://www.lyme-disease-testing.com/
Haverford Wellness Center, under the direction of Dr. Domenic Braccia are dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and reasonable treatment of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases. Dr. Braccia and the staff of the Haverford Wellness Center are fully equipped and capable of managing all aspects of Lyme disease and the other tick borne diseases from prevention and management of early disease to the most complex diagnostic and therapeutic cases. These cases include treatment failures, and late stage Lyme disease patients who have been ill for many years