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By contactus@amherstpeds.com
June 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: ticks   Lyme   tick   bites  

How to remove a tick

It's Springtime in the Pioneer Valley, which means it's high tick season! If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively.

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove everything easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

  4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

Clipart image showing how to remove an embedded tick with a pair of tweezers.


Now what?

The likelihood of developing an illness from a tick bite is low, particualrly if the tick has not been attached for more than 24-48 hours and it is not engorged. While you do not need to see us for every tick bite, please call if you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, and then make sure to tell us about the recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

By contactus@amherstpeds.com
April 24, 2017
Tags: bugs   insects   mosquitos   DEET   bug bites   ticks   Lyme  

As the spring & summer seasons approach, let's review some recommendations about bug bite safety. Most bug bites are harmless; however, insects can expose children to disease and health risks. Ticks can spread Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes can spread certain viruses, such as West Nile and Zika.

Here are some simple recommendations that can help lower the risk of getting bug bites:

  • Avoid areas that bugs enjoy - For example: large gardens, areas with uncovered sitting food, and areas with standing water.

  • Limit the amount of standing water (ponds, buckets, birdbaths) in your own yard.

  • Avoid wearing scented lotions, perfumes, and hair products when you're outside.

  • If possible, wear long sleeves and pants when outside in the evening.

The American Academy of Pediatrics  also recommends the use of insect repellents containing DEET for children over the age of 2 months, when needed, to avoid exposure to insect related diseases.

  • Do not use repellent containing DEET on children younger than 2 months of age.

  • Read the label of a repellent before purchasing or using it. Different products contain different amounts of DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends products that contain between 10% and 30% DEET to be applied as directed on the package.

  • The amount of DEET varies in each product. Usually 10% DEET lasts for 2 hours, while 30% DEET lasts for 5-6 hours. Choose the lowest amount of DEET that will provide you the lasting coverage that you need.

  • Wash your child's skin once they come indoors.

  • Products that have bug repellent and sunscreen combined are not recommended. You will most likely need to reapply sunscreen more frequently than you can apply DEET to your child's skin.

  • Remember, bug repellents do not repel stinging insects, such as bees. If your child has a severe allergy to stinging insects, always carry your Epi-Pen.

Most bug bites are harmless. However, you should seek medical attention if:

  • your child develops a fever, rash, joint pain or headaches within 2 weeks of a bite

  • your child has bug bites that look infected (redness, swelling, drainage from the skin)

  • your child develops an immediate rash or reaction to bug repellent.

Let's help our kids enjoy summer without dealing with pesky bug bites!

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