Summer Tick Advice

Summer Tick Advice

Dear Parents,

With your children coming back from the great outdoors it’s worth reminding yourself of the advice on ticks.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people. The size of a tick can vary, with a larva being as small as a tiny freckle, and fully fed females similar in size to a baked bean.

Carry out a tick check:

Ticks prefer warm, moist places on your body, such as the groin, waist, arm pits, behind the knee and hair lines, so look out for anything as tiny as a freckle or a speck of dirt. Young children are commonly bitten on the head/scalp so need to be carefully checked around the neck, in and behind the ears and along the hairline.

If you have been bitten:

  • Remove ticks as soon as possible
  • The safest way to remove a tick is to use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible
  • Pull upwards slowly and firmly, as mouthparts left in the skin can cause a local infection
  • Clean the bite area, and monitor it for several weeks for any changes
  • Contact your GP promptly if you begin to feel unwell with flu-like symptoms or develop a spreading circular red rash. Remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick or have recently spent time outdoors

 

For more information, please download the Public Health England advice leaflet.

Tick Advice Leaflet

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