Ticks are back and they’re in full force as we start to see warmer weather. As Governor Lamont plans to lift more COVID-19 restrictions in Connecticut by May 19th, this doesn’t mean we should throw out social distancing just yet.
Ticks are not getting the memo about social distancing, nor are they staying 6 feet away from us. As we plan for the warmer weather with outdoor running, hiking or walking, let’s not forget about yet another threat, the dangers of ticks. This year we are learning that deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are predicted to be out in abundance. In turn it could account for one of the worst tick seasons on record. Great. The good news is that most tick bites don’t expose people to Lyme Disease. Deer ticks (also found on other animals), however, do.
AFC Urgent Care Danbury is here to help you social distance from a deer tick during COVID-19, and guide you towards steps to take if bitten by a deer tick.
What should I do if I get bitten by a deer tick?
The first thing to do is to determine if it was a deer tick at all. Deer ticks are far smaller than all other types of ticks, and have distinctly black legs. If you believe that it was a deer tick that bit you, watch out for these signs as they may be early indicators of Lyme Disease:
- joint aches and pains
- a target shaped rash
- and low-grade fevers
If you or your child have been bit by a tick, remove it, treat the area with rubbing alcohol, and then bring it into your doctor’s office or into one of our Danbury AFC urgent care centers right away.
It can be difficult for non-medically trained people to extract a tick, and since it is vital that you remove the entire tick, we recommended people bitten by ticks go to a facility such as an urgent care center within the first 24 hours after the initial bite to extract the tick correctly and completely.
The longer the tick remains embedded in the skin, the higher the chances of contracting Lyme Disease.
I found a Deer tick on my pet; what do I do?
This is probably the second most frequently asked question that we get during tick season.
Dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, but there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners.
However, pets can bring infected ticks into your home or yard, so it is very important to check if they have a tick on them. Protect your pet, and possibly yourself, through the use of tick control products for animals and the following measures:
- Use a veterinary prescribed or strong tick repellent spot or collar. (Make sure to pay attention to the expiration dates). Also, follow instructions and change collar as directed.
- Try and limit their access to tall grass and shrubs.
- Mow your lawn regularly.
- Make your property inhospitable to rodents (as they are carriers too) by keeping garbage and loose food contained.
- Check your pet for ticks after returning from outdoors. Common areas for ticks are in ears or around genitalia.
If you do find a tick on your pet, treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the tick with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head and other body parts. Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, we advise having your pet evaluated by a veterinarian soon after any ticks are found.
Need a Deer Tick removed? We do that too at AFC Urgent Care Danbury
We are ready to help you identify and remove ticks at our Danbury AFC urgent care centers, no appointment needed. Our providers at all three of our AFC Danbury Urgent Care Centers are well equipped for the challenges of tick season.
We can assess tick bites and can help guide you on the next steps for treatment. If further evaluation is needed we can perform blood work if needed. Call us ahead of time if you need a tick removed.
- 2 MAIN STREET, DANBURY: 203.826.2140
- 100 MILL PLAIN ROAD, DANBURY: 203.826.2600
- 76C NEWTOWN ROAD, DANBURY: 203.826.8434