Tick Bite Treatment in Oklahoma City
Immediate Care Urgent Care of OK Locations in OKC Are Open 8AM-8PM Monday through Sunday. Our Doctors and Medical Professionals Can Safely Remove A Tick and Provide Infection Treatment with No Appointment Necessary.
Ticks are a nasty pest and can be found in almost any environment: urban, suburban, or rural. Household pets can also pick up ticks from the outside and bring them into your house. It’s important to know the signs of a tick bite and how to handle them. These irritating outdoor bugs, besides their bite, can carry a variety of bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illnesses. During tick season in the Oklahoma City area, be on the lookout for these small, brown bugs.
Ticks do not need to stop you and your family from enjoying the outdoors. You can protect yourself and others from tick bites and avoid coming down with serious illnesses, like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease.
The board-certified physicians at Immediate Care Urgent Care of OK in OKC have years of experience in treating tick bites from patients in the area and know what to look for when people suffer bites. They will be able to remove a tick that has become embedded into your skin and provide you with information to take home to look for signs of an infection. If you do come down with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, we can prescribe the right treatments to prevent severe complications from these illnesses.
We’ve put together a handy guide to help keep you and your family safe from ticks and the diseases they carry.
Where are you most likely to find ticks?
While these bugs are mistakenly assumed to be exclusively a rural outdoor pest, they can be easily found in your backyard. Ticks love to live in areas that are moist. Their favorite places often being shrubs, piles of leaves, and tall grass. Take care when walking through or nearby these areas.
Can you prevent tick bites?
To prevent tick bites, you need to prevent ticks from crawling over your clothes and skin. Coat your clothes with permethrin, a chemical that will kill ticks on contact. For your exposed skin, use repellent that contains DEET.
When you come back in from the outdoors, it is essential you check yourself to make sure no ticks have snuck inside your house on your body or clothes. Ask a friend or family member to help check. Using a mirror if you are by yourself. Try to shower when you come back in to wash off any repellent and find any ticks hiding on your body.
How to check for ticks?
Checking for ticks is not a difficult task. Be thorough to ensure none are hiding on your person. Check your clothes first for ticks. If it is the height of tick season in the OKC area, dry your clothes using high heat. The high temperature will kill any ticks hiding in your clothes and will undoubtedly prevent them from infecting you with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Pay close attention to your underarms and your hair. These are the most common places to find ticks.
What should I do if a tick has bitten me?
It can be very worrisome to find a tick on your body or latched onto your skin. Don’t panic. Be sure to completely remove the tick using a pair of tweezers. Pull in a slow twisting motion to remove it from your skin. If any part breaks off or is left behind, it can cause severe infections.
If you aren’t sure if it has been completely removed, visit one of our highly experienced doctors at Immediate Care Urgent Care of OK. They’ll be able to check for any parts that may have been left behind and remove them.
Monitor the area after the tick has been removed for signs of infection. If a rash begins to develop, this could be an indication of a severe illness. Come to one of our urgent care centers in OKC immediately to be evaluated by one of our doctors.
Come to Immediate Care Urgent Care OK today! No appointment is needed at any of our five local urgent care locations. We accept most major insurances and have self-pay options available.
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