A tick bite can be prevented by taking these precautionary measures. Ticks live in humid and moist environments, they thrive in leaf litter and near shrubs. The best advice is to remain on the beaten path, however, sometimes you want to enjoy the outdoors, such as wooded or grassy areas. There’s the expressions “ticks come from below”. Knowing this, you realize it’s crucial to stop the tick at it’s entry point, from the feet upwards. Golfers, hikers and basically anyone who visits a park or plays football outside can become a victim of the tick. Your first step — Step 1 — is to Prevent the tick from biting you. This can be done through behavioral measures, and by using a tick repellent. If the first step has failed you need to Remove the tick — Step 2 — and finally you need to Test the removed tick — Step 3 –.
1. Prevent a tick bite
Repellents, such Icaridin keep ticks at bay. Ticks dislike the smell of these repellents and release when crawling on the protected skin. An example of such a repellent is Icaridin 20%, which is available in a spray. Icaridin offers up to 12 hours of protection against ticks. Per person you roughly need 30ml per week when applied daily.
2. Tick removal
Even with the use of repellents, you may still be bitten, as the tick can crawl on or under your clothing, locate unexposed skin to which no repellant has been applied (neck, armpits, groin and hairline) and bite you.
Get into the the habit of checking yourself, and your children for potential tick bites during tick season, from May to September. After bring outdoors, pick a moment in the evening, (for example, while brushing your teeth). Never try to remove the tick by hand, nails, fire or alcohol. Make sure you always have a tick remover with you, so that you can remove a tick as quickly as possible.
There are several tick removers on the market. Pick one that is capable of removing even the smallest ticks. The Care Plus™ tick remover is specially designed to remove tick without damaging it. The remover has an insert, which enables you to get grip on ticks of all sizes. With this tool you will remove ticks quickly, safely and easily. The earlier you remove it, the less chance you have of contacting Lyme disease.
3. Test the Tick
You’ve found a tick attached to your your body? First, remove the tick as per instructions using the Care Plus™ Tick Remover. Then, use the Care Plus™ Tick-Test to immediately determine whether the tick is carrying the Borrelia bacterium, which causes Lyme disease. This self-diagnosis test provides a 95,8% reliable result for detecting the presence of Borrelia bacteria in the tick within only 10 minutes. In the event of a positive result, consult your healthcare professional immediately, while bringing along with the completed information checklist enclosed in the package. In addition to preventative steps listed earlier, this test represents an important step forward supporting efforts to help address the increase in the incidence of Lyme disease in Canada.
This test does not substitute for consultation with a healthcare professional.
Care Plus products are available at Pharmacy and Outdoor Retailers and at online vendors.