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.