How to Prevent Tick Bites in Pennsylvania

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on August 10th, 2020

Lyme Disease Watch

The majority of human Lyme disease cases occur in the summer months; and with it being August, we are in the thick of it. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics; but left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.

How to Prevent Tick Bites

  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone.
  • Check clothing, gear and pets for ticks after going indoors.
  • Shower within 2 hours of being outdoors.
  • Check your entire body for ticks and immediately remove any that you find.

Western Berks Physical Therapy specializes in Lyme Disease symptom management. Doctors from Jefferson Health, Einstein Healthcare, Penn State Health, Penn Medicine, CHOP and more, trust us to get their patients better. Contact our facility to find out how our physical therapy services can help you manage Lyme Disease symptoms. Schedule your appointment now by clicking here.