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Ticks are a common pest for those who live in rural areas. However, they can also be found in more urban and suburban areas. These small, brown insects will bite both children and adults. The bite can be painful and will irritate the skin. Ticks also carry bacteria and viruses that can infect humans and household pets.
The thought of ticks and the diseases they expose you to may cause you to second guess spending any amount of time outdoors. However, you can protect your family from ticks and the serious illnesses they can carry, such as Lyme Disease.
Our highly experienced AFC Urgent Care Havertown team has years of experience treating tick bites. We understand the dangers these bugs expose you to. We can not only identify a bite but also remove a tick if it has embedded itself into your skin.
Below is a handy guide to help you prevent tick bites and learn more about them. If you believe a tick has bitten you or a family member, come to our urgent care center today for immediate treatment.
This pest lives outdoors in moist areas. They love to hide in shrubs, tall grass, and piles of leaves. Be careful if you find yourself walking through these areas. These areas are just as prevalent in a local park as in your backyard.
Staying away from areas where ticks live is often the best way to prevent bites. With that said, that is not always a practical solution. If you find yourself and your family outside for extended periods, we suggest you coat your shoes and clothing with permethrin. This chemical kills any ticks it comes in contact with.
Tick repellents that contain DEET should be used to spray on any exposed areas of skin.
Most importantly, when you return to your home, check yourself for ticks in the mirror. Have a friend or family member double-check for you if possible. Showering after you return home is also a good idea to ensure you wash off any lingering chemicals you used to repel these bugs. It is also advisable to put the clothes you wore outside through a hot wash and hot dryer.
Looking for ticks is not very difficult, but you must be thorough while looking for them. First, check your clothes so they do not crawl off and hide in your house. Next, check your body for ticks. They tend to hide in your hair and your underarms. These are dark, moist areas where they are most at home.
When you find a tick on your body, don’t panic. Seeing one can be disconcerting, but you must take your time to remove the tick altogether. Do not leave any pieces behind on your body, or you risk infection. Use tweezers in a slow, gentle twisting motion to remove this bug.
If the tick has embedded itself into your skin, come to AFC Urgent Care Havertown immediately and seek our assistance. If you attempt to remove the tick, and a piece breaks off, like the head, this can lead to severe illness and infections.
After removing the tick, look for any rashes that may develop around the bite site. This rash can signal that something isn’t right, and you could be infected with something like Lyme Disease.
Get yourself checked out today by our board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care Havertown when a tick bites you. No appointment is needed! Just walk-in today and get checked out. We will help protect not only your health but the health of your family.
AFC Urgent Care Havertown is located at 115 W Eagle Rd, Havertown, PA 19083. We are open from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to meeting you and helping you stay healthy!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.