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PREVENTING TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES

The warmth of summer might bring the promise of relaxation and adventure for some, but it can also bring the hidden danger of tick-borne illnesses. At Liberty Family Medicine, we cannot overstate the importance of vigilance when it comes to ticks. These tiny pests can transmit a variety of diseases that can have serious, long-term health consequences.  

Preventing tick bites remains the most effective way to avoid these illnesses. Here are key preventive measures: 

  • Wear Appropriate Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, and socks. Light-colored clothing makes it easier to spot ticks. 
  • Use Tick Repellents: DEET, picaridin, or permethrin-treated clothing. 
  • Avoid Tick-Infested Areas: Stick to the center of trails and avoid tall grass and brush. 
  • Perform Tick Checks: Regularly inspect your body, clothing, and pets after being outdoors. 
  • Shower After Outdoor Activities: Showering can help remove unattached ticks. 

If a tick is found attached to the skin, it should be removed promptly using fine-tipped tweezers.  

In Central Missouri, the most common tick-borne illnesses we hear about are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Monitoring for symptoms after a tick bite is important as it is possible treatment will be needed; symptoms to watch for include headache, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches and joint pains, or a rash. Reach out to us here at the clinic if you’re concerned after a tick bite. 

PREVENTING TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES

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