BE SAFE FROM LYME DISEASE
As 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. ..
(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”.
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.
- Contact your physician – if you have symptoms a typical course of antibiotics will be prescribed
- Save the tick to be tested for 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 promptly