Posted by: Jenhams Clinic | Date: 26th April 2016
Planning a walking or outdoor activity holiday in Europe this summer?
It’s not just far flung places that carry risk of disease. Even a weekend walking, cycling or camping break in the country side needs preparation to prevent unwanted visitors becoming attached to you!
Keep an eye out for ticks.
Ticks can be found in tall grass and wooded areas particularly during the warmer months. Once a tick has attached itself to your body, it burrows it’s head underneath your skin, making it difficult to remove.
Ticks need to be removed properly in order to prevent infection and other health problems from developing. If you are unlucky enough to get bitten by a tick, the safest and most effective way to remove it is by using a tick removal device.
Do not smother the tick in Vaseline. Do not twist the tick whilst removing as this can result in its head or part of its mouth being left under your skin.
Ticks can cause serious infections and illness, including Tick-borne encephalitis, which causes flu-like symptoms such as a headache and high temperature. Many people do recover within about a week, but in some more serious cases the infection progresses and can result in paralysis, inability to speak and seizures.
Tick borne encephalitis is an emerging disease becoming more prevalent across Northern Europe and parts of Asia. A vaccination is available to protect from this disease and some countries, notably Austria include this vaccine as part of their national schedule.
If you think you are travelling to an area where you may be at risk, this vaccine may be appropriate for you. School trips may be at particular risk due to lack of attention with bite prevention.
Tick bites can also result in Lyme Disease in the UK and other countries in the Northern hemisphere. Lyme Disease produces flu-like symptoms and can result in joint and muscle pain, as well as neurological problems.
Prevention is better than cure! To avoid Tick bites and complications:
Wear long trousers
Tuck trousers into socks
Use an insect repellant
Check yourself for ticks and promptly remove correctly
Seek medical advice if concerned
BITE PREVENTION? TICKED!!
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