Six Ways To Prevent Getting Lyme Disease
Article by Danica Reynes
To protect yourself from Lyme disease you should avoid wooded and grassy areas, keep up to date with news about infestation and other information about ticks, spray pesticides in affected areas, use tick repellents, wear protective attire when going into infested areas, wash your hair thoroughly and dry the clothes you wore in infested areas.
Lyme disease comes from bacteria carried by a certain kind of tick. All sorts of body parts, such as joints, skin eyes and heart, are affected by lyme disease, and it’s far more common than you might think. The symptoms of Lyme disease can include rashes, headaches and even those that may resemble flu. It is much easier to prevent Lyme Disease than it is to cure it. By following these important tips, you can reduce the possibility of contracting lyme disease.
Keep away from areas with lots of trees and grass
The most common areas for ticks to thrive are in wooded and grassy areas as well as piles of leaves. Your lawn or garden could be infested with ticks if it is near a wooded area or lacks fencing. Your best bet is to avoid these dangerous areas or, in the event that you cannot, stay on the beaten path or trail, steering clear of grassy or woodsy areas where ticks might find their way onto your clothes or any exposed skin.
Learn more about local tick infestations and other details
The prime season for infection is May through July when tick activity is at its worst. It is good to be up to date with news about infested areas. You can ask the local health department or park service about places that are known to be infested so you can avoid them.
Apply pesticides to areas that you suspect of being infested.
Spray pesiticides around any tick infested areas in or close to your home. The pesticide “acaricide” is designed to exterminate ticks and is very effective. If the pesticide is applied properly and in a timely fashion, it can decrease the amount of ticks by sixty-eight to one hundred percent.
Use a spray tick repellent
Tick repellents are available, and you can use them on your clothes and shoes when going into possible infested areas. The best insect repellents contain 20-30% DEET.
Wear protective attire when going into infested areas.
If it is unavoidable that you go into wooded and grassy areas, you can still protect yourself by wearing protective attire. Protective clothing can include pants and tops that cover your limbs, plus thick shoes, socks and hats. Stop ticks from getting under your clothes by pulling your socks over your pants. Avoid exposing any part of your skin or hair. In addition, it is wise to wear light-colored clothes so that if any ticks are present, you will be able to see them more easily.
Wash your hair thoroughly and dry the clothes you wore in infested areas
After venturing into infested areas it is a good idea to shower and vigorously shampoo your hair in an attempt to dislodge any ticks. The best laundry method is to wash the exposed clothing in hot water for a half hour and then run it through a dryer cycle. Ridding your clothes of any ticks that have stuck to them may require much more than washing.
As with most, if not all, illnesses, prevention is better than cure if you want to steer clear of the adverse effects of Lyme disease.
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