WakeMed Physician Michele Casey, MD, spoke to WTVD this week about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of tick bites and related illnesses.
Preventing tick-borne illnesses can be as simple as using insect repellent before you venture into wooded areas.
Check your body and your children, particularly in the groin area, after you have been out for long periods of time.
The Dos and Don’ts of removing a tick:
- DO use fine-tipped tweezers.
- DON’T use your fingers.
- DO grab the tick at the part that is stuck in your skin.
- DON’T grab the tick around its bloated belly.
- DO gently pull the tick straight out until it lets go of your skin.
- DON’T twist and turn the tick.
- DO put the tick in a jar or ziplock bag and place it in the freezer for possible identification later.