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Ticks are likely to be a big problem this year



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – This year is supposed to be tough on ticks. The doctors warn that the conditions due to the wet spring that we have had so far are perfect to be outside.

"I have no doubt that we will have a serious tick season," said Dr. Thomas Rushton, an infectious disease specialist at St. Mary's Medical Center. "It's perfect for that, we know that the eggs we put over the winter will really hatch when we get those first rains, right where we are."

Dr. Rushton says that the weather also makes the grass grow and leaves are hanging on the trees, giving ticks something to hold on to.

As this will be a bad tick season, doctors will ask you to check yourself, your children and your pets when you come in from outside.

There are several places where you should look for ticks.

"You want to look at the neck of your hair, so wherever there is a hairline," Dr. Rushton. "You want to look very closely because it looks like it's just a small skin abrasion or a mole, but if it's a tick and you touch it, those legs will move, you may need a magnifying glass, you want to look at it . " Crevasses, ie skin folds, are also places where ticks want to be. It takes awhile for this tick to find a spot that likes, bites and embeds it. That's why we want to remove all ticks within 24 hours. Doctors say you should also check your clothes, and when you go out, make sure you use insect repellent and wear bright clothes and long trousers and shirts to keep them out of your skin.

Ali Shehl says now that she knows this season will be bad, she will change her routine with her family if they come in every day.

"Now that I know it's going to be bad, I'm going to study my children more "Shehl said," We try to check Ruby every time she rolls in the grass because we've found some on her. "

Although doctors claim that only about 1

0 percent of ticks carry diseases, you must Nevertheless, keep an eye out for every bite that you get.

Two major diseases that doctors pay attention to are Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Dr. According to Rushton, black-legged ticks or Hirschzec are ken the ticks that spread Lyme disease.


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