May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Things you need to know about Lyme Disease and other tick borne pathogens.
#1 Prevention is Most Important
Learn how to prevent ticks.
- Wear light colored clothes outside so you can see the ticks if they crawl on you.
- Keep grass and weeds mowed. Ticks like tall grass. Put some Tick Tubes in your yard.
- Use tick repellents when outside. See Recipes and Repellents Here
- Always have a tick remover or tweezers at hand in case of finding an embedded tick.
- Check your body for ticks when coming in from outside. Make sure to check yourself, your children and your pets.
- Tuck your pant legs into your socks when walking on trails or in tall grass.
- Learn how to remove a tick properly. Don’t squeeze, twist or put chemicals on the tick.
#2 Proper Tick Removal
If you should find a tick on you, make sure to remove it properly.
- Use a proper tick remover kit or tweezers.
- Grab the tick by the head as close to your skin as possible.
- Pull up slowly but firmly. Do not twist or squeeze the tick.
- Once the tick is removed wash area gently with soap, warm water and peroxide.
- Send the tick in for testing to make sure it’s not carrying infection.
- Keep an eye out for a rash to develop or for symptoms of Lyme disease or co infections.
# 3 Know the Symptoms of Lyme Disease and other Co Infections
Lyme Disease: Possible Bulls Eye Rash, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety, memory issues, Bells Palsy and seizures.
Read More about Lyme Disease Symptoms and Stages Here.
Babesia: Air hunger, Cough, fatigue, fevers, headache, Hemolysis, imbalance, encephalopathy, shaking and chills, night sweats
Read More about Babesias Symptoms Here
Bartonella: Stretch mark like rashes, sore feet, abnormal liver enzymes, encephalopathy, endocarditis, flu-like malaise, headache, anemi, high fever
Read More about Bartonella Symptoms Here.
Ehrlichiosis: Anemia, conjuncitivis, elevated liver enzymes, headaches, myalgias, ongoing fatigue, persistent leukopenia, thrombocytopenia
Read More about Ehrlicia Here
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: High fever, severe headache, chills fatigue and muscle, pain/achiness, myalgias nausea, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal problems, , light intolerance, dizziness
Read More about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Here
#4 If you Develop a Rash or Symptoms
Most important is to get treated quickly. Most adults will be put on Doxycyclene and young
children on Amoxicillin.
Please make sure your doctor is aware of these points.
- Lyme Disease tests are very inaccurate. Do not rely on tests to know if you have Lyme disease or co infections. States have passed laws for doctors to tell Lyme patients that a negative test does not mean you do not have Lyme disease.
- There are new guidelines for treating Lyme disease listed for doctors. Here and Here.
- Early Treatment SAVES LIVES.
- It does not take 24 or more hours for a tick to pass Lyme Disease. See Research Here.
- It does not have to be a deer tick for you to get an infection. See Research Here.
Keep Safe, Check for Ticks and Enjoy your Summer!
Good Lyme Disease Websites
- International Lyme and Associated Diseases
- Global Lyme and Invisible Illness
Watch the Lyme Documentaries
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