Gateway Gazette

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

What do you know about preventing tick bites?

Here are some tips from the Lyme Disease Association of Alberta:

  • Use insect repellant containing 30% DEET on clothes and exposed skin. Use as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Child sprays must indicate “repels ticks” on the label
  • Organic sprays may be used at your own discretion – knowing that not all have been proven to repel ticks
  • Permethrin spray might be considered on clothing if you are in a high-risk location or workplace
  • Wear long pants (tucked into socks for added protection), long sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes, if possible. This helps prevent ticks from skin contact.
  • Wearing light coloured clothing makes it easier to spot ticks and remove them before a bite occurs.
  • Minimize brush contact when possible. (Ticks perch on grass and brush waiting for passersby)
  • Do DAILY TICK CHECKS on yourself and family members. Check body and hair thoroughly. When outdoors, check clothing often for ticks.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if bitten. DO NOT wait for symptoms!
  • If any type of rash, redness, and/or irritation develops anywhere on the body, take a picture alongside a coin to show size. Keep in mind that less than 50% of infected people report a rash so it is possible to not get one and still have an infection. Just because you don’t have a rash doesn’t mean you’re not infected.
  • If you are bitten but a tick, seek medical attention quickly and request preventative antibiotics.  Adults & children have different antibiotic selections.
  • It is important to note that not all ticks are infected with Lyme disease but a growing number do – making prevention key!

Sign up for Lyme Disease Association of Alberta’s newsletter or get involved: http://albertalyme.org/get-involved/sign-up-free

Thank you to the Glenbow Ranch Park for sharing this important information!

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