Colorado Tick Fever Prevention
Prevention of Colorado tick fever includes:
- Avoid wooded areas where deer ticks live.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, and a hat.
- Wear insect repellent clothing.
- Use tick repellents on clothing and exposed skin:
- Tick repellents that contain DEET
- Tick repellents that contain permethrin
- Check your skin and clothing for ticks after being outdoors.
- Shower after going into the woods.
- See your doctor within 4 hours if you are unable to completely remove a tick from the skin.
- Treat pets for fleas and ticks.
Colorado Tick Fever Tick Removal
An important part of the prevention of Colorado tick fever is learning how to remove a tick from the skin.
A tick can be removed safely by performing the following:
- Grasp the neck or head of the tick with tweezers. Do not squeeze the body.
- Pull slowly, and straight out. Do not twist the head.
- Remove remaining mouth parts by cleaning with alcohol and scraping with a knife or blade or a sterile needle.
- Clean the wound with soap and water.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- See a doctor within 24 hours if you cannot remove a tick.
Continue to Colorado Tick Fever Outlook
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