How Do You Deal With Lyme Disease?
One of the less common risks of the summer season is also one of the more serious ones, and that’s getting Lyme disease from a tick. While it is important to exterminate ticks, for the safety of others, it is also just as important to be proactive about infection and prevention and, if the infection does occur, knowing what you should do about it. So let’s take a closer look at Lyme disease, and the insect that transmits it, the tick.
How You Get It
The tick, more specifically the Deer Tick, is the insect that transmits Lyme disease. The disease itself comes from other animals, usually deer, and is carried in the tick until it finds another victim and bites that organism.
Ticks, unlike fleas, are not highly mobile, so they can’t jump to new food sources the way fleas can. Instead, ticks wait on blades of grass—the longer, the better—and when an animal brushes against the grass, such as a deer, dog, or person, the tick moves over and then begins to feed.
Transmitting Lyme disease to a person isn’t an instant activity. The tick must feed on a person for an extended period. Two days—or 48 hours—is usually enough time to transmit the illness, but if you notice a tick on your skin, and it’s only been there for a few minutes, you are very unlikely to have contacted the disease.
Lyme disease can start displaying symptoms anywhere from three days to one month after infection. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a rash on the skin, but there’s no guarantee that the rash will affect every person that’s been infected.
Other symptoms are fever, chills, joint pain, neck stiffness, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes. Unfortunate-ly, because so many of these symptoms are indicative of other illnesses, if the rash doesn’t appear, it may take some time to diagnose someone with Lyme disease, since there are so many other potential illnesses to con-sider.
Fortunately, Lyme disease is a treatable disease, and the cure is not that exotic. A course of antibiotics is usu-ally all that is required to cure Lyme disease, but the timing is a factor. For example, if you saw a tick biting you, suspected very early on that you had Lyme disease and had yourself diagnosed early, you may only need to orally consume antibiotics for a short period in order to cure yourself.
However, if you didn’t get the rash, and didn’t see the tick bite you, it may be months before a correct diagno-sis of Lyme disease is reached. In these longer instances, intravenous antibiotics are usually required for late stage Lyme disease, when it’s more firmly embedded in the body.
Exercise Care – Exterminate Ticks
If you hear about an area that is heavily infested with ticks, or you suspect your own property may play host to them, think about calling in professionals to exterminate ticks. This way, you, your family, and others on or near your property can enjoy a safer summer, and avoid suffering from Lyme disease.