May: Lyme Disease Awareness Month

may is lyme disease awareness month

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.

  • Where light colored clothes outside so you can see the ticks if they crawl on you.tickll
  • 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.tick-removal

  • 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 3 points.

Keep Safe, Check for Ticks and Enjoy your Summer!

Good Lyme Disease Websites

Watch the Lyme Documentaries

More Relevant Articles:

How Lyme Disease Might Affect a Child

What are the best tick repellents?

 

Tick Removers

What to do when Bitten by a Tick

The Debate about how Lyme Disease is Transmitted?

May 2016 Lyme Awareness Events

Support a Lyme Patient and Purchase a Lyme Awareness Shirt!





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