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Preventing & Treating Tick Bites & Lyme Disease

Did you know that tick season starts in the spring and lasts into the early fall? Ticks thrive in warmer months, in hot, moist places. New Jersey has four main species of ticks that can transmit diseases including the West Nile Virus, Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Before and after you spend time outdoors, there are several preventive steps you should take to avoid getting bitten.

Before Going Outside

Before you go outdoors, make sure you are dressed in the appropriate attire. If you are going to be spending time in tall grass or in the woods, you are more likely to be exposed to ticks. To prevent getting bitten, wear long sleeves and pants, tucked into your socks to prevent ticks from getting up your pant legs or into your shoes. You should wear closed-toe shoes or boots treated with permethrin, a repellent against ticks and other insects. For quick detection of ticks, wear light-colored clothes without patterns so they stand out. Prior to going into the woods, apply bug repellent that contains DEET in order to discourage ticks from coming your way.

Checking Yourself Indoors

The first thing you do when you return indoors after a day outside is perform a tick check. Make sure each part of your body and clothing are checked for ticks, which can appear to be smaller than a freckle or a poppy seed. Make sure to check your hair as well, as ticks enjoy dark, warm places. Take the clothing you wore and put in the dryer on its highest cycle to kill any undetected ticks that may be on your clothing. Perform a second tick check in the shower, which can wash the insects away.

When to Receive Treatment

If you are performing a check and find a tick, you should go to your local urgent care center for immediate extraction and treatment. It is critical to have ticks removed in the first 36 hours after a bite in order to prevent the transmission of Lyme Disease, and AFC Urgent Care will be able to run tests and determine necessary treatments based on efficient results in our on-site laboratory. If you begin to develop a rash around the bite and begin to feel sluggish, you should seek treatment immediately.

Tick Bite & Lyme Disease Treatment in West Orange, NJ

If you have been bitten by a tick and require treatment, visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange today. Our urgent care center accepts walk-in patients seven days a week, including our evening and weekend hours. We accept plans from most major health insurance carriers. For more information, please call 973-669-5900.