Summertime Is Tick Time

Skin care is an important topic, especially in the summer months here in Florida. We included a lot of great information in the preceding pages of this month’s Central Florida Health News, so hopefully you’ve found the articles helpful. 

While sunburns and heat-related illnesses are top of mind for most people this time of year, they’re not the only seasonal health concern to keep in mind. 

Ticks are most active in Florida during the warmer months of spring and summer. Typically found in wooded areas or areas with long grass, ticks feed on the blood of animals and spread diseases through bites. The most common diseases that come from ticks are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Rickettsia parkeri. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these diseases are commonly associated with other illnesses and they typically occur within two weeks of being bitten. This means the symptoms, which include headache, fever, and muscle pain, can easily be missed, dismissed, or misidentified.

There are ways you can protect yourself.

  • Shower immediately after outdoor activities where ticks thrive.
  • Thoroughly examine your body and your pets after outdoor activities. Quick removal is essential for both you and your pets.  
  • Use insect repellent that contains 20-30% DEET.
  • Keep grass, shrubs and trees trimmed around your home.

Now, get out and enjoy the outdoors!

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