Dr Oz: Prevent Outdoor Health Dangers During Summer
Everyone loves the summertime for the weather but being outside is going to ultimately increase your chances of being stung by a bug, latched onto by a tick or even rub against a poisonous plant. To help everyone in his audience increase their knowledge about staying healthy and safe during the summertime, he enlisted the help of allergy expert Dr. Clifford Bassett.
Warm Winter, Wet Spring Make for Terrible Allergy Season
Dr. Clifford Bassett said the main factor in determining how people will be affected by allergies is the weather. When there is a warm winter and a wet spring, like there has been this past year, people are going to be miserable because of their allergies.
How to Protect From Ticks
The warm weather is going to bring out the mosquitoes in larger numbers this year, according to Dr. Bassett. He also said the weather has caused an increase in poison ivy and ticks as well but he had advice for protecting yourself from a tick bite.
Never ignore a tick bite: While you can get lyme disease from a tick bite, it is not normal. A normal tick bite is small and red whereas a lyme diseased tick bite will cause a “bull’s eye” to appear on your skin.
How to Safely Remove a Tick – Do Not Burn it Off
Dr. Clifford Bassett wanted everyone to know the longer a tick is stuck to your body or inside your body, the more likely your chance of developing lyme disease. This means you need to remove the tick right away.
Check out the directions below to learn the proper way to remove a tick.
- Do not burn a tick. Burning the tick will force the poison into your body.
- Petroleum jelly can be used to remove a tick but it takes a long time and is not the most effective method.
- Use tweezers to remove the tick. With a steady hand take your tweezers and grasp the head of the tick and pull gently being careful not to leave any part of the tick in your skin.
- After you remove the tick be sure to clean the area of the skin where the tick was attached.
After the tick has been removed, do not toss it. Dr. Bassett said it is important to keep the tick and bring it to the local health department so it can be tested for lyme disease. Simply put it in a jar or in a plastic bag to transform.