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You Should Visit a PCP Over This Bug Bite

During the summer, we take advantage of the longer days and good weather to spend time in the great outdoors! However, all kinds of pesky little bugs come out when the weather is warm, like flies and mosquitos. They’re easy to see and swat away, plus their bite isn’t usually a cause for alarm. 

Ticks are another story. They can attach to our skin without us even realizing. A tick bite isn’t always a cause for panic, but they can carry diseases that make us sick. You should be aware of what to look for when you get bitten by a tick, so you know when to visit a PCP. 

Tips to Prevent Ticks
You can take preventative measures against tick bites while you’re out and about this summer. Insect repellent that contains DEET is a great item to pack in your bag next time you head out to heavily wooded and grassy areas. The clothing you wear can also detract ticks from latching on to you. Wearing long socks can increase visibility along your ankles, where ticks can crawl up your leg. You can treat or buy clothing treated with permethrin, which is another insecticide that repels ticks. 

Know How to Remove Ticks
Most of us are bound to get a tick at least once in our lives; knowing how to safely remove them is very important. If you just try to pull them off, there’s a good chance the head will stay stuck into your skin. Gross, right? Ticks can latch onto skin pretty firmly, so it’s best to use a pair of tweezers to grab the head and pry it loose. If you can’t do it yourself, go to a walk-in clinic and ask that a PCP help you.

Pay Attention to Symptoms
After you’ve pulled a tick off of you, keep an eye out on the area for the next few days. If you notice it starting to swell or begin developing a rash, along with any other more severe symptoms, see your PCP right away. 

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of the most worrisome diseases you can contract from an infected tick. Not every tick or every kind of tick transmits this infection, which is why it’s important to pay attention to any symptoms or reactions that might develop after a bite. Early symptoms of lyme disease may include shortness of breath, feeling faint, or chest pains. 

Visit Your PCP If You’re Worried
A PCP at a clinic will know how to help you. They might ask about your symptoms, examine the bite, or want to do further testing. If you’re worried, even if you don’t have the symptoms we’ve listed, visiting a medical professional will help put your mind at ease. PrimeCare makes it easy to see a PCP by being centrally located in Arkansas. Visit our location in North Little Rock with or without an appointment. 

This shouldn’t make you fearful to spend time outside this summer. Now you have the knowledge of what to do if your or someone in your family gets bitten by a tick. Safely remove it and observe any sudden symptoms over the next few days. If you don’t start developing a rash or feeling sick, chances are high that you’re going to be okay.