GPM Pediatrics doctor offers safety tips on tick bites
Published on June 4, 2014 at 4:20 AM
Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics responds to an article published on Ozarksfirst.com on May 23rd that gives advice on tick bites and urges people to be cautious during the summer.
The article titled, "Health Officials Urge Caution During Tick Season," says that ticks locate humans off of their body heat. Reducing the risk of ticks locating you can be done by using insecticide and wearing proper attire. People walking on trails or through brush during the summer are most susceptible to tick bites so it is important to be aware at all times.
In addition, it is important to monitor tick bites after being bitten. Tick bites can lead to Lyme disease or become infected if not treated. Sometimes, people can contract serious illnesses in relation to the tick bite, but don't associate the symptoms with the bite. "Rashes, vomiting, and general cold-like symptoms are found in more severe cases, but diseases are rare with tick bites. However, medical experts say anxious parents are very common."
Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatric center, says that it is better to be over-cautious than under-cautious. "Tick bites can be severe if they are not caught right away. It's important to check your kids for tick bites after any outdoor activity in the summer," Gabriel states. "Removing the tick is not the end of treatment. The bite must be monitored for a couple of weeks afterward. I would suggest you visit your local pediatrician to clear your child of any diseases."
Dr. Gabriel suggests parents take preventative actions to ensure that their child does not get bit. "Many people do not know that you can use insecticides to repel ticks. They use it for mosquitos, but insecticide can throw off the heat sensors on ticks," Gabriel explains. "Wearing proper clothing can be an even better approach. However, you have to be cautious of heat exhaustion, especially in children. Parents should find the method that is most appropriate for them and their families. If you or your child is bit by a tick, contact your local pediatricians office and get it checked out."