General Health

July|Aug 2017

TICK TALK

Summer is a fabulous time to get outside and get moving.  Humans aren’t the only creatures that are more active in the warmer months.  This is also tick season, and the little critters are looking to join in on your outdoor activities.  Here are some tips for preventing tick bites and avoiding the diseases they may carry.

 

Symptoms of Tickborne Illness

If you have been bitten by a tick and develop the symptoms below within a few weeks, a health care provider should be seen to decide on a course of treatment.

 

source: www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This could be a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole. Not all skin cancers look the same.

A simple way to remember the signs of melanoma is to remember the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma—

 

Asymmetrical. Does the mole or spot have an irregular shape with two parts that look very different?

Border. Is the border irregular or jagged?

Color. Is the color uneven?

Diameter. Is the mole or spot larger than the size of a pea?

Evolving. Has the mole or spot changed during the past few weeks or months?

 

Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your skin such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, a change in an old growth, or any of the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma.