Story by: Rebecca Hall on June 14, 2019
Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. And with temperatures rising, it’s tempting to take on outdoor adventures in T-shirts and shorts, maybe even barefoot. But all that exposed skin leaves you vulnerable for three common issues this time of year: rash from poison ivy, bug bites and, specifically, ticks.
Don’t let creepy, crawly, itchy detour your outdoor fun. Beverly Kestler, APRN, a nurse practitioner with Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens, shares her tips for preventing these common skin issues, at-home treatments and when you should see a health care provider.
How to treat:
When to see a provider:
Your health care provider may recommend creams or gels, prescribe a steroid dose pack or a steroid injection.
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Your health care provider may prescribe antihistamines for itching and over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain. Your provider may also prescribe an antibiotic if the area is infected.
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Your health care provider may prescribe doxycycline, unless it should not be used in your situation. The provider may start you on an antibiotic if it’s within 72 hours of the tick removal. If you retain the tick, it may be possible to identify the species and determine if it is a species that carries Lyme disease. If you can estimate the amount of time the tick was attached, it can help your health care provider determine treatment options.
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