Outdoor workers: Precautions to protect against tick-borne illnesses (6/2)
Although most tick bites won’t transmit a disease, some can, and there is no vaccine to protect you from most of these diseases, the report says. If you work outdoors in some areas, it’s almost impossible to avoid ticks completely. But Harvard Women’s Health Watch offers the following measures you can take to help avoid infection:
- Protect yourself: Avoid wooded, bushy, or grassy areas whenever possible. When venturing into them, wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants. Use an insect repellent that contains DEET.
- Check yourself: After you’ve been out in tick territory, undress and examine your skin, using a mirror for hard-to-see places.
- Remove ticks promptly: If you find a tick, use narrow-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to your skin as possible, and pull upward slowly and steadily. Then wash your skin and hands with soap and warm water. Never crush or squeeze an attached tick.
To read the full-length article: "Recognizing and avoiding tick-borne illness”.