Lyme Disease

1. Prevent

Summer in Michigan is filled with all the fun one could want. Beautiful beaches, trails and lots more to explore and see. Summer is for making memories and bringing family and friends together. Summer also brings bugs, such as ticks, which carry can Lyme Disease, however.

Prevent the spread of Lyme Disease and stop pesky ticks by wearing light-colored pants, closed-toe shoes, and applying EPA-approved bug repellent when heading outdoors. Make sure to reapply bug repellent if you're spending most of the day outside. 

2. Check

Did you go exploring on your favorite Michigan trails today? Once inside, look for ticks on your skin and clothes, especially when you’ve been roaming among tall grass and weeds. Check for attached ticks and promptly and carefully remove with tweezers if necessary. 

Showering after being outdoors and running the clothing you were were wearing in the dryer can also help.

3. Remove

Got yourself a little hitchhiker? Not to worry, transmission of Lyme Disease is unlikely if you remove the tick within 24-36 hours, but you should remove the tick promptly. 

Use tweezers to remove the tick carefully. Grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure to remove the tick.  Wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water as well as the tweezers and your hands. 

If a bit of the tick is still clinging to your skin, try to remove it. If you cannot, don't worry. It'll fall off in a couple of days. 

See your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms or a rash.

No Ticks. No Lyme Disease. #noticks #nolymedisease

Got a tick? Submit the tick or a picture of it for identification at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.