It’s hard to imagine that a week at summer camp or a day spent in the park could expose you or your loved ones to a vector-borne disease that could have long-term and chronic effects on your health.
But that’s exactly what’s at stake, especially if you live in high-risk areas of the country like the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest, where humidity levels are highest. Dr.. Samuel Shorethe former president of International Society of Lyme and Comorbidities Clinical Associate Professor in George Washington University.
“If it’s not caught early, it’s Lyme [disease] It can have lasting effects on the brain and nervous system and can lead to cognitive impairment,” Shore said.
He explained that Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks, which carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease Dr. Luis Marcos, an infectious disease specialist at Stony Brook Medicine, located in Suffolk County, New York, is the center for tick-borne disease. Lyme disease happens to be one of the most common vector-borne diseases in the United States.
Lyme disease is a growing problem in Suffolk County, with about 600-700 cases each year. can tick [also] Be active year-round,” Marcus told HuffPost.
American Camp Associationa community of camp professionals focused on enriching children’s lives through camp, estimated that 25% Of all the diagnoses of Lyme disease in the country, children, and that children in the appropriate summer camp age range of 5 to 14 years are considered a particularly high-risk group. It’s such a concern, in fact, that the ACA created it Checklists and rules of conduct to prevent exposure to a tick bite in summer camp settings.
Prevention is a good place to start when it comes to protecting yourself from ticks and Lyme, and accordingly Dorothy Lelandvice president of LymeDisease.org and co-author of the book, When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival GuideThere are many repellents in the form of sprays, topicals and clothing that can reduce the chances of a tick bite outdoors.
“Insect repellents should be applied to exposed skin. Studies show that insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon and eucalyptus oil are most effective against ticks.”
Shore said DEET should be the first choice in the line for tick repellents; However, if you have sensitive skin to DEET, picaridin is the most popular natural alternative against mosquitoes and can be a sufficient substitute.
“It’s important to be proactive about the types of clothes you wear,” he added. “Stick to light-colored clothing as it can make it easier to spot ticks and tuck the legs of your pants into socks and shirts at the waistband of your pants to prevent ticks from crawling under the clothes.”
You can also treat your clothes, shoes, and equipment with a spray containing 0.5% permethrin, an industrial insecticide, Leland said, which can provide protection for up to five to six washes.
“Could you [also] Buy clothes that have been pre-treated with permethrin and the protection lasts up to 70 washes.
“If there’s one piece of information I’d like to pass on, it’s that you need to be aware of your surroundings,” Shore said. “We know that ticks like tall grass and highly leafy areas. We also know that one of the most high-risk environments for tick exposure is when people by gardening.”
You can be proactive on your next outdoor project or send your camper away with a few precautionary items from the following list. Find insect repellents and baby-safe clothing that are approved by Environmental Protection Agency As safe and effective measures to repel insects, including ticks.
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