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How to Avoid Tick Bites

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Learn how to avoid tick bites and lyme disease when hiking outdoors

This video is part of the chapter dealing with safety measures while hiking. Move on to the next one for information on what to do you if you get lost whilst hiking

Did you know that we also have a First Aid series which teaches you how to safely remove a tick? Find it on our website or in the First Aid Playlist of this channel.

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In this video, you will learn how to protect yourself from ticks while hiking.

It is important to avoid them, and to detect any bites as soon as possible.

Ticks themselves are not dangerous, but some of them carry Lyme disease which is a very serious illness.

Ticks are insects that are found on long grass or leaves. They fall onto animals or humans as they pass by.

This video will be divided into 3 parts: How to protect yourself before, during, and after a hike.

First, before the hike. Find out if there are ticks in the region where you are hiking. If the region is infested, change your itinerary.

To reduce the risk of being bitten, wear large and closed clothing making sure it covers all of your skin. If your trousers are not closed at the bottom, tuck them into your socks.

You can also use a tick repellent on your skin and clothes, but make sure you read the product warnings.

Second, during the hike. Ticks like long grass, ferns, and wooded areas where they can easily fall onto you.

Try to stay in flat areas where the grass is short. When you take a break, avoid sitting in the grass. Try sitting on your rucksack or poncho.

Thirdly, after the hike. Even if you have been very careful, check your body thoroughly when you get back from the hike.

Check warm areas where the skin is thinner, i.e. under your arms, in your navel, or your scalp.

If you find a tick, pull it out as quickly as possible. The best way is to use a tick remover, but you can also use tweezers. Pinch it near the head and slowly pull it out.

Once the tick is out, disinfect the area where you were bitten and keep an eye on your skin around the bite for the days and weeks that follow. If a red patch appears and spreads, contact your doctor.

All of these precautions mean you will be able to hike safely. Please share them with other people! Enjoy your hike!


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