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What's Going Around - May 14th

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Bay County, Fla. - Tick bites can sometimes be dangerous, and they're more common as people start to spend more time outdoors.

Dr. Brian Shaheen from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says ticks can transmit major diseases including:
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Lyme Disease
  • Tick Paralysis
Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • A red rash at the site of the tick bite
  • Pain in the  joints
  • Paralysis

Dr. Shaheen says to prevent tick bites:
  • Avoid wooded areas.
  • Wear light colored clothing, long sleeves and long pants with tightly fitting cuffs and pants tucked into socks.
  • Use a tick repellent with a high concentration of DEET.  
  • Check your skin every 3-4 hours while outside or when you come in.

Dr. Shaheen says if you find a tick do the following:
  • Remove it by grabbing the head with a pair of tweezers and gently but firmly pull it out.
  • See a doctor if a rash appears, if you have localized swelling, or symptoms such as fever appear.