Prevention and Tick Removal
We like to live in beautiful places, spend time outside. DONT STOP, just take precautions.
"In the Northeast, most people catch Lyme around their homes," says the CDC's Kiersten Kugeler. "People out gardening. People playing in their backyard. Mowing the lawn." A simple way to easy your mind is to add a daily tick check to your routine. It's one more thing to do on a daily basis, but the alternative makes it very worth it. Focus on the scalp, behind the ears, the armpits and in the groin area; these are the areas ticks like most.
If you find a tick, remove using best practices to minimize the transfer of pathogens. The longer an infected tick stays on your skin, the greater the chance it will pass the Lyme bacteria on to you. As of now the Lyme Community believes it takes 24 hours for the tick to infect a person after it starts biting. Don't risk it and check everyday before bed.
The steps to safely removing a tick start with a pointy tick removal tweezer. Most household tweezers have large, blunt tips in comparison to ticks. This only increases the chances of tearing the tick and spreading possible infections into the bite area.
- Use a pointy tick removal tweezer
- Disinfect with rubbing alcohol
- Grab tick close to skin and use slow, steady motion to pull tick out
- Disinfect again
- Optional: send tick into a lab for infection testing. One lab option is iGenex.
Keep a look out for the symptoms: a red rash or a fever. It anything seems abnormal with your health, go see a doctor immediately. Don't wait: The earlier you get treated, the better chance you'll have for a full recovery. The symptom analysis file below has been adapted from Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD's Lyme-MSIDS Questionnaire.