The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. In the last 2 years Tekenradar (the Ticks Monitor) has announced a record amount of ticks in the country. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Below what to do if you, your family or friends are bitten.
Tekenradar counted almost 17.400 tick bites. Last year they counted 16.800 tick bites.
As you can see on the Ticks Alert Map everywhere in the Netherlands and also in our coast dunes there are many ticks.
Some ticks are transporters of the Borrelia-bacterie and the Lyme desease, an illness which is transmitted by tick bites. If the tick stays shorter than 24 hours on your skin, the chance to be infected is low. On condition that the tick is removed in the correct way.
Tekenradar researched the effect of a preventive dose of antibiotics within 3 days from having been bitten by a tick. The research counts more than 1.000 persons and will last 2 years.
What to do if you (or your friend/partner/child) are bitten by a tick?
My doctor told me: “Don’t panic!” (I should have known). This doesn’t immediately mean that we are infected by the Lyme deasease. If it happens, remove the tick as soon as possible with a tick pen. How? Grab the skin tight so that there arises a small hill. Put the pen on it and turn the tick out of your skin. Look carefully whether the head is out too and disinfect the spot. Contact the doctor if during the days after the removal of the tick a red border around the spot of the tick arises. A red border could actually be a symptom of the Lyme disease, as fever, headache, fatigue and aching joints.
Here is also an explanation from Tekenalarm in which you can read and look at what to do after having been bitten by a tick. You will also find more information about ticks and the Lyme desease on this website.
After removal you can denounce your bit to the Tekenradar. With a recent bite they will invite you to send reserach material and within 10 months they will let you know if you were bitten by a tick with the bacterium who can transport the Lyme desease.
What to do if you are not bitten by a tick?
Stay in woods and dunes on the footpath and… Maybe better to avoid those sexy shorts in the dunes and keep the striptease for the beach. ;-).
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