Checking yourself for ticks is one of the easiest ways to help limit the danger of contracting Lyme disease, which is transmitted to humans through bites from infected ticks. Through consistent, daily checking you can assure yourself that a tick bite is relatively new. The sooner you remove a tick, there is a lesser chance of you contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illness. Checking yourself might seem easy, but here are some things to remember:
- It’s hard to see your back and some body parts – so use a mirror, or the help of a friend, to spot potential ticks in these places.
- Remember to check your head, especially if you have long hair.
For families, we encourage you to check your children for ticks after playing outside. And pet owners are equally encouraged to check their animals.