Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic for Tick Bites Treatment in Centennial, CO
Preventing and Stopping Ticks
One of the biggest outdoor pests for adults and children alike are ticks. Ticks are tiny, brown insects that can spread a variety of viruses and bacteria in humans and animals. It is important to be aware of ticks and preventing them while you and your loved ones are outdoors, as they can lead to serious illnesses in some cases Lyme Disease. At American Family Care (AFC) Centennial CO, our medical experts know how dangerous ticks can be. When you walk into our urgent care clinic, no appointment necessary, our physicians can treat you accordingly and give you the advice that you need to stay tick-free and healthy!
Here are just a few things that you should know about ticks, preventing them, and the symptoms of tick bites:
Where are ticks found?
Ticks are found in outdoor environments, and most commonly in moist, wet areas. Shrubs, leaf piles, and tall grass can all harbor ticks- so be careful when walking through any of these or when you are on a trail.
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 thoroughness. 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 any 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.
American Family Care (AFC) Centennial offers walk-in appointments if you or a loved one are experiencing any symptoms of a tick bite, or if you just need advice on preventing ticks. We have a skilled medical team on-site and are experienced in treating and diagnosing bug bites. We look forward to helping you with all of your medical needs!