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Understanding Tick Bites

Updated: May 16

CONCORD --The Tick Season has begun, according to the Nurse's Notes included in the weekly publication of Newport High School news released on Friday, April 15.

"I have recently received a Tick borne Update from the New Hampshire Division of Public Health. The following information came off that notification," said School Nurse Kassy Helie.

Prevention Messages

* Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.

* Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.

* Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.

* Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin. Other repellent options may be found here: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repelients/find repellent-right-you

* Permethrin is highly effective at repelling ticks on clothing; it is not meant for use on skin.

* Perform daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, ears, groin, belly button, and the back and neck.

* Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Performing tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets will minimize this occurrence.

* Encourage landscape or environmental management to reduce tick habitat and encounters.

* Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing dry clothes in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes (one hour for wet or damp clothes) effectively kills ticks.

* Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent Lyme disease, but transmission of other tick-borne diseases can occur with shorter periods of attachment time.

* Monitor for signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

Additional educational resources can be found on the NH DPHS


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