Using a Tick Removal Kit
Warm weather provides lots of exciting outdoor times, especially for families. It’s exciting to venture out on picnics or camping trips, and many times, the focus is so much on the fun that there isn’t as much attention to potential risks of outdoor activities. Insect activity increases just as much as family activity when the weather becomes nice, and it’s important to prepare in advance for dealing with the possibility of stings and bites. Ticks pose an especially serious risk because they can carry germs that cause Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The tick is so tiny that it is difficult to detect, but early detection is important in preventing and limiting the severity of the bite.
A tick removal kit is a helpful tool to have on hand for outdoor activity and travel. Frequent checking for ticks is a must. Children can’t look through their own hair, so parents need to check after outdoor time to make sure that no ticks are present. Important areas include behind the ears, scalp, neck and under arms. If a tick is found, use the tick removal kit to gently pull the insect out of the skin. Don’t burn it or use petroleum jelly. Rather, use the tweezers to pull close to the head. Place the tick in a plastic bag or container for monitoring if a rash arises. Swab the affected area with alcohol and dab antibiotic cream on the area.