Be Safe From Lyme Disease!

BE SAFE FROM LYME DISEASE

tick on fingerAs summer turns into fall be mindful of the tiny insects that live in your yard.  Just raking your leaves can provide a time for the tiny deer tick to attach to your clothing or skin and may be carrying Borrelia bacteria.  Pennsylvania is ranked #1 out of 10 states where Lyme disease is most common .  Approximately 99% of all reported cases are confined to just 5 geographic areas. ..

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(New England, Mid-Atlantic, East-North Central, South

Atlantic, and West North-Central) according to collected statistics by CDC in 2011.

Not all Deer ticks will carry lyme disease, but a common sign of an infected deer tick bite is a circular, outwardly expanding rash called erythema chronicum migrans or commonly identified as a “red bulls eye rash”.tick bite

 

Other symptoms could include fever, headache, and fatigue, that can occur within 3-30 days after the bite (average is 7 days). However a rash may only occur in 70-80% of infected persons tick bite site.  It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to prevent more serious symptoms such as joint, heart and central nervous system involvement.

tick check upWhat do you do if you suspect a tick bite?

  •      Contact your physician – if you have symptoms a typical course of     antibiotics will be prescribed
  •      Save the tick to be tested for lyme disease

 

tick check upHow to prevent lyme disease.

  •      Protective clothing includes a hat, long-sleeved shirt and long trousers tucked into socks or boots (light colored clothing makes the tick more easily visible before it attaches it self
  •      Do a regular tick  check on family members who have been out in long grasses, wooded areas or any other outdoor locations that maybe a great environment for ticks to live
  •      Be cautious with handling and allowing outdoor pets inside homes because they can bring ticks into the house
  •      Using insect repellent – Permethrin sprayed on clothing kills ticks on contact and sold for this purpose – Insect repellents with Picariding, IR3535, DEET, or oil of lemon eucalyptus repel ticks
  •      Removing ticks promptlytick removal
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