The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by the tick in the first place. With this in mind here are some tips from Public Health England on how to be ‘tick aware’ and avoid being bitten;
- It is advised to avoid tick bites by keeping skin covered as much as possible when visiting tick-infested areas.
- Use insect repellents.
- Keep to footpaths and avoid long grass.
- Check the skin for any ticks regularly.
- Remove those that have become attached promptly.
- Check thoroughly for attached ticks at the end of the day. This should include checking skin folds such as armpits, groins, the waistband area and behind the knees.
- Have a shower or bath after returning from a tick-infested area.
- Make sure that young children have been properly checked for attached ticks. Include the scalp in this check.
- Consult your doctor if a rash or other symptoms develop within a few weeks of a tick bite. (4)
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3. Public health England, Epidemiology of Lyme borreliosis in the UK available here [accessed 30/6/18]
4. Frequently asked questions about Lyme disease, Public Health England available here [accessed 30/6/18]