How Can I Stay Safe From Bug Bites?
Who really wants to experience a bug bite? No one! We can all live without the itchy, pesky annoyance of bug bites in our lives.
That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care TN wants to offer you tips on how to protect yourself from bug bites in the Farragut area this summer.
Why Is It Important to Protect Myself From Mosquitoes?
While most mosquito bites are generally harmless, there can be a very real potential for them to carry disease. In fact, mosquitoes can be carriers of many different diseases, including the Zika virus and West Nile virus, among others. With the many wooded areas in Farragut, we are no exception to these pesky creatures and the potential diseases they could carry.
The good news is that protecting yourself from the ever-present mosquito doesn’t have to be challenging. Some basic precautions can help keep you safe.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
- Use a quality insect repellent.
- Wear long sleeves and pants to protect skin.
- Limit exposure to mosquitoes.
- Wear light colors.
- Use a mosquito net when sleeping outdoors.
How Can I Protect Myself From Tick Bites?
Ticks are another real and present danger during the Tennessee summers. Like mosquitoes, ticks also harbor dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease.
If you spot a tick on your skin, remove it using fine tweezers. Pull it upward and avoid putting any pressure or squeezing the tick, which can cause some of the tick body to remain stuck in your skin. If you think the tick was embedded and you are unsure if you have removed all of the body, come by our walk in clinic for an appointment.
Tick Bite Symptoms
- A red spot on skin
- Full body rash
- Neck stiffness
- Muscle or joint pain
Did you suffer a tick bite? Are you having a reaction after a mosquito bite? Stop by AFC Urgent Care of Farragut TN to determine if you’ve been exposed to Lyme disease, West Nile virus or some other virus.