June 20, 2014
STARI and 3 Other Tick-Borne Illnesses You Probably Haven't Heard About - 3
by Tim MacWelch
Most folks are quite familiar with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but these aren’t the only tick-borne illnesses that outdoorsmen need to worry about. The CDC lists 14 different diseases carried by ticks in the United States. Don’t let that scare you into sitting indoors all day. Just be aware of the threats and take steps to manage your risks wisely. Here are four common tick ailments that might not currently be on your radar.
1. STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness)
4. Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis
Prevent Tick Bites
- Wearing long pants and tucking your pant legs into your socks. Yes, you look silly and I know it’s hot in the summer, but isn’t it worth the extra protection?
- Treating your outdoor clothing with permethrin, which not only repels ticks but also kills them. This stuff is pretty toxic, though, so follow the product’s instructions carefully, and avoid getting permethrin on your skin.
- Checking for ticks often. Check the outside of your clothing a couple times an hour, and check underneath your clothing, especially under waistbands and the tops of socks, a couple times a day.
If you do find embedded ticks, pull them straight out from your skin, make sure you get the head, and don’t delay. Quick and complete tick removal can prevent disease transmission in some cases.
Have you suffered from a tick-borne illness? Do you have a secret weapon to keep them at bay? Let us hear it by leaving a comment.