The Tick-Related Disease Center
is a program of PBMC Health and receives educational support from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.
The PBMC Health Feil Campus
496 County Rd 111, Building B, Manorville
Don't let a tick make you sick!
Free! Tick Protection Education pdf’s
What's at stake: your family’s health
Suffolk is one of the nation’s busiest breeding grounds for the ticks that spread Lyme and other serious infectious diseases. If left untreated, tick infections can cause permanent damage to your joints, heart and nervous system, and can even be fatal.
How to avoid ‘em: don’t go into the tall grass
Ticks lurk at the ends of tall weeds, grass blades and tree branches, and climb on when you brush against them.
- Stay away from tall weeds, beach grass, shrubs and wooded areas
- Use insect repellent with at least 20% DEET
- Wear long-sleeved clothing and light colors
- Inspect yourself frequently
- Bathe or shower promptly after outdoor exposure
What to do if you find ‘em
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
If you develop a rash or fever within the next several weeks, see your doctor or call the Tick-Related Disease Center!Source: Centers for Disease Control
Think you may have Lyme Disease?
Lyme can be hard to diagnose. The famous Lyme bull’s-eye rash may or may not be visible. Symptoms can include fever, chills, sweating, headaches, joint pain, nausea and vomiting. If you think you may be infected, see your doctor or call the Tick-Related Disease Center right away!