Gloucestershire county has been put in a medium to high-risk zone because of ticks. It’s their season after all. The extremely warm weather combined with patches of long grass and plenty of people to go around does nothing more than encouraging ticks to take a bite.
What is Lyme disease?
First, let us talk about the highest risk of a tick bite. You shouldn’t overlook one because it may lead to a ghastly disease. Among its symptoms, we mention a circular red skin rash which appears around a tick’s bite mark. It can take as much as 3 months for the rash to appear and it usually lasts for several weeks.
Some people that contract this disease don’t even display this kind of rush. Instead, they present symptoms that are usually related to the flu. We are talking about having a high temperature, headaches, muscle and joint paint or a constant feeling of fatigue. After months or even years pass, some unfortunate men and women can experience joint swelling and pain, nerve and heart problems or having troubles with memory and concentration.
How to avoid ticks?
Over 3000 people are affected by Lyme disease each year and all it takes is a bite from an infected tick. They are difficult to spot and starting from late spring until early autumn you should be on the lookout while you’re outside.
If you come across one latched on your skin, then here’s what you do: first, grab it gently as close to your skin as possible. We recommend using tweezers, although you must be careful to not squash it.
After you caught it, try to pull it out steadily without twisting or crushing it. Once it’s out, wash the bite area with plenty of water and soap, then apply an antiseptic over.