Dr. Srinagesh Paluvoi, Local Immunologist Recommends Prevention to Avoid Tick Bites
Lyme disease season is prevalent in Northern Virginia and local immunologist, Dr. Srinagesh Paluvoi of Gainesville and Leesburg, Va. cautions his patients to be aware of Lyme disease symptoms and stresses top ten tips to help avoid exposure to tick bites. Call 703.729.8830 or visit www.vasneezers.com for more information.
“We see a lot more cases of tick bites and Lyme Disease in the summer, when more people have their skin exposed and are spending more time with outdoor activities,” said Srinagesh Paluvoi, M.D. of Gainesville and Leesburg, Va. “Prevention of Lyme disease is key, knowing what to look for, and more importantly, how to prevent the initial tick bite,” said Dr. Paluvoi.
Dr. Paluvoi recommends these top ten tips to help avoid tick bites, and if anyone experiences Lyme disease symptoms or has concerns about possible Lyme Disease, they should seek medical advice from a physician.
Be cautious in places with lots of woods, forest, bushes and grass, especially from late spring to mid- summer when ticks are most active.
Wear extra protective clothing if hiking in overgrown trails.
Wear light-colored clothes, this will make it easier to spot ticks.
Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Tuck in clothing, to include tucking socks into pants.
Use tick repellant. The CDC recommends using an insect repellent with at least 20-30% DEET on skin and clothing. Make sure that all exposed areas are treated, and repeat treatment as needed.
Check for ticks on your clothes before going indoors. Wash and dry clothing using high heat levels as well.
Check your skin for ticks. Do a fully body check, including the groin, armpits and head.
Remove any ticks you find. Use tweezers to remove ticks.
Contact your physician after being bitten by a tick to see whether you should take an antibiotic for treatment.
Wash your hair, face, and hands as often as you can. Washing soon after exposure will help the ticks fall off quicker.
ABOUT ALLERGY AND ASTHMA AFFILIATES Dr. Srinagesh Paluvoi, M.D., established Allergy and Asthma Affiliates in 2002 in Falls Church, Va. and since then expanded to Gainesville and Leesburg, Va. A locally-renowned pediatric allergist for his patient care, Dr. Paluvoi was designated as a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine for three consecutive years, as well as earned the Patient Choice Award for the past five consecutive years and the Most Passionate Doctor Award for the past three consecutive years by Vitals.com. Dr. Paluvoi is well- known for his compassionate care of children and results-oriented allergy management. Specializing in nasal allergies, asthma, food allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, anaphylaxis, insect sting allergies, hives, sinus and immunological disorders, Dr. Paluvoi is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric and adult allergy and immunology, and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric and adult allergy and immunology fellowship at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. For more information, go to www.vasneezers.com or call 703.729.8830.