Ticks take over Louisville parks, woods and yards
The little insects are ready to bite and potentially make you sick.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Since the start of spring, there are more than just fevers, runny noses and coughs on pediatrician Dr. Joe Clan's plate. Concerned kids are walking into Norton Children's - Okolona with an unwanted guest, feeding on their blood: ticks.
When the sun comes out and warm temperatures set in, the tick lives to latch on to people it encounters in the park, woods or even the backyard.
"It can kill people, so it's something to be concerned about," Clan said.
The new Asian tick has popped up in New Jersey. It can kill people in 48 hours and is only adding to the worry.
The CDC said the best way to avoid the pests altogether is to be proactive with spray.
"Deet is what is best protective," Clan said. "It's allowed to be used as young as two months of age."
If one bites into your skin, there's no reason to panic.
"It's best to do it with either a tweezer, where you get as close to the skin as possible, or with a gloved hand where you just gently pry it off," Clan said.
If you can't be sure when the bug decided to make you dinner, you need to see a doctor.
"You worry if the tick has been on the site for two to three days," Clan said. "That's when the tick has had time to transmit the germ."
He's talking about illnesses like Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Clan and other physicians can help stop those potential illnesses.
"We can give a dose of preventative antibiotic if they're not sure it's been there longer than three days," he said.
Tick season typically ends around the time cold temperatures set in.
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