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All You Need to Know About Ticks

We've all been hearing about ticks this season and why it's supposed to be a bad year.

So, how can we protect ourselves with so many over the counter options to choose from?

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey tackled this topic on Wednesday.

Ryan teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Gregg Severs from Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates along North Washington Avenue in Scranton.

Dr. Severs offered suggestions when choosing the right over the counter protectant.

Two Most Popular Ticks in PA:

  • American Dog Tick
  • Deer Ticks (Blacklegged) - These are known for carrying/transmitting Lyme disease.

How to Properly Remove a Tick: 

  • Step 1 - Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
  • Step 2 - Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
  • Step 3 - If the mouthparts break off remove them with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone, and let the skin heal.
  • Step 4 - Once the tick is removed, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Photo Courtesy: CDC

Photo Courtesy: CDC

If you experience any of these symptoms below following a tick bite, contact your doctor.

Lyme Disease Symptoms include:

  • Rash
  • Flu-like Symptoms
  • Achy Joints
  • Fever
  • Not feeling well

For more facts related to the tick topic, head here to be connected to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

For tips and products to protect your pet, contact your veterinarian.

1 Comment

  • lickerblisters

    These ticks are the real deal folks. Been so for the last several years. I have ticks on me so often that I give them to the dog. I have Lyme disease so bad that I give ticks Lyme disease. Take these miniature spiders very seriously!

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