<![CDATA[When headed outdoors this summer, the last thing you want to experience is a bug bite. Yet, in the dog days of summer, a tick bite can occur any time you step outdoors. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know what you can do if you get bitten by a tick in order to stay safe and reduce your risk of Lyme disease.
What Should You Do if You Have Been Bitten by a Tick?Once you realize that you have been bitten by a tick, it is important to remove the tick as quickly as possible. However, you want to make sure you are removing it in the right way. Use tweezers to grab under its head so that you are pulling out the mouth that is embedded in your skin. You do not want to squeeze the body of the tick, as that will cause the bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you can, bring the tick in a sealed plastic bag to the physician so that it can be tested to see if it is a carrier of Lyme disease.
Signs of a Tick Bite
- A red spot on skin
- Full body rash
- Neck stiffness
- Muscle or joint pain
When Should You Seek Medical Attention for a Bug Bite or Sting?If you are worried about a bite or sting, do not wait to seek medical attention. Rather, stop by our urgent care center today for a medical evaluation. It is always better to be safe than sorry. In addition, if you have symptoms—such as swelling, redness or pain—that do not improve within a few days, it is best to seek medical attention just to ensure there is not another issue going on with your health.
Ways to Prevent Insect Bites and Stings
- Don’t swat at bees, wasps or hornets.
- Wear long sleeves and pants to cover skin, particularly in high grass where chiggers are common.
- Do not go barefoot outside.
- Avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne.
- Use insect repellent.