Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic for Tick Bites Treatment in Oceanside, CA
Preventing and Stopping Ticks
One of the biggest drawbacks that comes with good weather are the outdoor pests, including ticks, which are small, brown insects that can spread viruses, bacteria and Lyme Disease through their bites. It is useful to know the steps for preventing and treating tick bites, as they are a common occurrence. At 8-2-8 Urgent Care in Oceanside CA, our team of medical professionals is trained and experienced in recognizing tick bites and their symptoms. We offer flexible walk-in appointments at our conveniently located urgent care clinic.
Here are just a few useful facts about ticks, the symptoms of their bites and ways to preventing them:
Where are ticks found?
Ticks are most often found in moist, wet outdoor environment. Shrubs, leaf piles, and tall grass can all harbor ticks, so be careful when walking through any of these and be sure to stay on a trail to avoid brushing up against ticks.
How can you prevent ticks from biting you?
There are a number of ways to prevent ticks from biting you, such as:
- Coating your clothes/shoes with permethrin, which kills ticks.
- Use a repellent with DEET on your skin.
- Shower within 2 hours of coming back inside the house.
- Be aware of the vegetation you are walking through.
- Check your body for ticks as soon as you are back inside.
How do I check for ticks?
Checking for ticks is easy, but requires a very thorough check. First, check your clothes for any ticks and dry them on high heat to kill any ticks that might be clinging on. Then use a mirror to check your entire body for ticks, including your underarms and in your hair.
What do I do if I’ve been bitten by a tick?
If you happen to find a tick on you, use tweezers to take it off completely. Watch for any rashes or symptoms as this could also be a sign of a bad tick bite. If you think you’ve been bitten, be sure to see a physician promptly.
8-2-8 Urgent Care in Oceanside, CA offers prompt walk-in appointments at your convenience to save you time. If you or a loved one experiences any symptoms of a tick bite, or if you need advice on preventing ticks, our qualified on-site medical team can be of service, as they are experienced in treating and diagnosing tick bites. Call, or walk-in today!