The Ministry of Health gave advice on what to do in case of a tick bite.
It is reported by Ukrinform with reference to Telegram channel of the Ministry of Health.
As noted in the department, the peak of tick activity falls on the spring-autumn period. The natural environment of ticks is soil and grass (including dead wood). From there, they crawl onto people and bite through the most delicate areas of the skin. The head may be at risk, as well as the places where clothes fit to the body.
Ixodid ticks are carriers of dangerous infectious diseases, including tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis (Lyme disease).
However, not every bitten person gets sick. It all depends on how much time has passed from the bite – the shorter this time, the lower the risk of developing the disease.
You can remove the tick both in the emergency room and on your own. If you do it yourself, it is better to use special tweezers, which are sold in a pharmacy. It can also be done with fingers wrapped in gauze. The tick is removed perpendicular to the surface of the skin, grasping closer to the proboscis. In this case, you do not need to sharply pull and twist the insect. If the proboscis remains in the skin, it is removed with a sterile needle, like a splinter. The bite site should be treated with an antiseptic.
The Ministry of Health warns that it is not necessary to fill the bite with oil or alcohol – this can lead to the death of the tick and significantly increase the risk of infection.
If symptoms such as fever, pain and fatigue, skin rash appear within a few weeks after the bite, you should consult a doctor.
As Ukrinform reported, the Ministry of Health this week received 120 tons of medicines as humanitarian aid.