FastMed’s Bruce Bair on Tick Bites – Prevention, Protection and What to Do When Bitten

FastMed’s Bruce Bair, PA-C educates us on tick bites and the importance of being educated about prevention, protection and what to do should you be bitten.  Click below for an informative and interesting video that addresses all your questions.

To begin with, we need to understand which illnesses caused by bites from ticks in NC are common. We have 3 common illnesses transmitted to humans, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and STARI, known as Southern Tick Associated Rash Infection.

The video that follows this excerpt details the type of tick that causes each disease, what you need to be aware of and how you can keep ticks from biting you.

Points you want to remember are:

  1. Types of ticks – if you pull one off, tape it to a 3×5 card and date it, Exact identification can help with treatment and diagnosis later. Noting your geographical location will also be helpful.
  2. What is DEET and how is it different than Permethrin.
  3. What techniques to use to make Permethrin more effective and last longer on your clothes
  4. The medications used to treat various types of tick-related illnesses.

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