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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9B .Learn ]00ow to ,00void t;,eing bitten by ticks i C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com Q: Chuck, I really enjoyed your article discussing Lyme disease, even though it gave me the jitters thinking about the ticks that carry it and probably circle my yard, around which my kids and dogs run. So what are the best ways to avoid being bitten? --"Terrified of Ticks" Wyoming A: Last week, I showed how chronic Lyme disease, or CLD, is on the rise and spreading, domestically and internationally, according to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention and other reliable sources. This week, I wish,to discuss how to prevent or minimize being bitten by deer ticks, which can carry the CLD bac- teria. And next week, I will discuss various diagnoses and treatments for CLD. Now is definitely the time of the year to discuss with your family and friends ways to avoid ticks, not only because of the increase of summer ac- tivities (hiking, fishing, gar- dening, etc.) but also because dry and warm winters and early summer heat waves have swelled tick populations. Obviously, the best way to avoid Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by deer ticks. So do your best to stay away from areas potentially infested with them. That means staying on paths and out of brush, tall weeds and long grass. Remember that ticks don't fly or jump. They cling to plant life often no more than 18 inches off the ground, where they wait for humans or animals to brush up against them. Once on board your clothing, they crawl to areas of open skin. That is why the American Lyme Disease Foundation ad- vises, according to The Wash- ington Post, "wearing light- colored, tightly woven cloth- ing to make it easier to see crawling ticks." The ALDF al- so suggests "avoiding sitting directly on the ground or on stone walls; walking in the middle of established trails rather than at the edges; tucking pants into socks, and shirts into pants; and wearing covered shoes." Bottom line: Cover as much skin as you can. If you're going to be out- doors working or Playing, ap- ply insect repellant to your clothing and skin (the Mayo Clinic recommends those con- taining ai0 to 30 percent con- Centration of DEET); just make sure you wash thor- oughly when coming indoors or before eating. if you're camping, elevate your bedding and other items on which those creepy critters might crawl or cling. For those who own pets, keep them on a leash, and keep them from roaming into poten- tially invested areas. Check them often for ticks, and bathe them regularly so that they don't become transports for ticks. Furthermore, consider where your animals lie and sleep in the house; if it's often in family beds, don't be sur- prised if you find yourself "sleeping with the enemy." Secondly, treat your yard or campsite with insect repellant or pesticide, but be very care- ful, as some are unsafe for kids and hazardous for pets. Read labels, and make sure campground regulations allow such treatments. Right before you come in- doors, check yourself or have someone else thoroughly check you for ticks: Pay spe- cial attention to your head, your hair, the back of your neck, your underarm areas, between your legs, around your waist and the back of your knees. According to The Washing- ton Post, the CDC adds, "In- clude bathing after being out- side, to help spot ticks or wash off ones that haven't at- tached yet; checking outdoor. gear and pets for ticks; and running clothing through a hot dryer for an hour to kill any ticks." The good news, if you will, is that "a tick that carries the bacteria has to be on your body for 24 to 36 hours before it can transmit Lyme dis- ease," according to Dr. Rajlak- shmi Krishnamurthy from Boston Medical Center. So you have a small window to remove them from your body and garments. The bad news, according to Phillip Baker, executive direc- tor of the American Lyme Dis- ease Foundation, is that the risk of Lyme disease increas- es if an attached deer tick is on you for 36 to 48 hours and is engorged. If you find a tick feedingon you, take caution that you re- move it correctly. Sue Beebe, the Cornell Cooperative Ex- tension's assistant director, warns, "Using matches, Vase- line, credit cards, those are the things not to remove a tick." Kelly Spindler, director of environmental health for the Ross County Health District in Ohio, adds: "Try not to twist it, and never try to burn it offwith a match or by pour- ing some sort of chemical on it. The last thing you want is for the tick to regurgitate or burst, which will increase the risk of infection." Instead, use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible (by its mouth's base), and then pull it smoothly and directly up. Ap- ply antiseptic immediately af- terward. Lastly, regarding being "terrified of ticks," heed the advice given by Paul Curtis, a natural resources professor and tick expert at Cornell Uni- versity, who told The Wash- ington Post that he recom- mends carefulness over para- noia: "You just need to be aware that (ticks are) in your environment and err on the side of caution in terms of your checking, but not allow (them) to hinder or affect your lifestyle." Next week, in my last arti- cle on CLD, I will not only dis- cuss diagnoses and various treatments but also reveal how misdiagnoses can occur easily with CLD symptoms. I will also discuss a young and courageous woman named Brittany, who, even at this moment, is fighting CLD. As I shared last week, for more information about deer ticks and Lyme disease, I rec- ommend the following web- sites: lymediseaseassocia- tion.org, cdc.gov/ticks, under- ourskin.com and texasly- me.org/about.htm. And for a more holistic medical approach to Lyme disease, my wife, Gena, and I recommend Sierra Integrative Medical Center (SierraInte- grative.com), in Reno, Nev. The people there are pioneers in integrative medicine. They blend the best of conventional medicine .with the best alter- native therapies. Write to Chuck Norris (info@ creators.corn) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn CALL A PROFESSIONAL TODM! MOUNTAINCRAFT LANDSCAPING With a full time crew of five skilled employees and the equipment and machinery to get any job done, Nick Polzak and MountainCraft Landscaping is the company to turn to for all your landscape needs. 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