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Advice on Enjoying Outdoor Activities While Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases

Greetings, outdoor enthusiasts of Texas! With our beautiful landscapes beckoning, enjoying the great outdoors while staying vigilant against ticks is crucial. Here at Katy Family Medicine and Urgent Care, we provide you with expert advice to keep tick-borne diseases at bay.

Understanding Ticks in Texas

Ticks are not just a nuisance; they can carry diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Knowing where they thrive—wooded areas, tall grasses, and brush—helps us steer clear or prepare properly.

Essential Tick Prevention Tips

Before you hit the trails or park, consider these preventive measures:

Use tick repellents approved by the EPA.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, tucking pants into your socks.
  • Choose light-colored clothing to easily spot ticks.
  • Safe Tick Checks and Removal

After enjoying the outdoors, performing a thorough tick check is vital:

  • Check under arms, in and around ears, inside the belly button, behind knees, around the waist, and especially in hair.
  • If you find a tick, remove it with fine-tipped tweezers, pulling straight out to ensure the entire tick is removed.

Protecting Pets from Ticks

Your furry friends are just as susceptible to ticks:

  • Use vet-recommended tick prevention products.
  • Regularly check your pets for ticks, especially after they’ve been outside.

When to Seek Medical Advice

If you or a family member is bitten by a tick and experiences symptoms like rash, fever, fatigue, or joint pain, come see us. Early detection and treatment are key in managing tick-borne illnesses effectively.

Your safety during outdoor adventures is our priority. Armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can embrace the beauty of Texas outdoors without fear of ticks. Stay safe. 

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