Tips To Avoid Tick Bites and Detect Lyme Disease
103,000 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in the United States
since 1982, according to the centers for disease control, however, many
people do not know how to spot the early signs of Lyme disease.
there are treatments for Lyme disease, the best approach is
prevention," counsels Dr. Gary Kravitz of United Hospital. "Wear
appropriate clothing in potentially infested areas and be sure to check
your entire body for ticks as soon as possible. The sooner a tick is
removed from your body, the less likely you will be to contract a
more likely to find ticks on themselves after they have been in a
heavily wooded or grassy area, in regions known to have heavy tick
populations, or if their job involves working outside.
System offers tips on prevention of tick bites and detection of Lyme
disease as the result of the Allina VitalSigns Survey of Minnesotans.
Precautions to Avoid Tick Bites:
- The peak months for contact with ticks are June, July and August — so be on alert during this time.
- Stay away from wooded areas during tick season.
- Check yourself for ticks after you have been outside for a considerable length of time.
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Use tick repellent with Deet (a colorless oily liquid which is used in insect repellent).
- Spray clothing with a permethrin spray.
- Wear extra clothing in wooded areas.
symptoms of Lyme disease include an expanding circular rash, flu-like
symptoms and high fever," warns Dr. Kravitz. "And the late effects of
the disease can include a relapse of earlier symptoms, joint swelling,
neurologic diseases and abnormal slowing of the heart beat."
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