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Posted on: July 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Lyme Disease

Ticks

Reduce Your Exposure:

  • Wear long sleeves/pants and tuck pant legs into socks/boots and shirts into waistbands when walking through the woods or fields.
  • Wear bug spray, particularly around ankles, wrists and waist.
  • Check yourself and your pets for ticks after enjoying the outdoors.
  • Gently remove ticks with tweezers - grab as close to the head as possible.
  • Ticks removed within 24 hours are not likely to transmit Lyme Disease.

After Being Outdoors:

  • Watch for characteristic ring-shaped rash - usually occurs within 4-10 days.  Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, stiffness in joints and weakness/fatigue.

If you suspect a case of Lyme Disease contact your doctor immediately to reduce the chance of permanent effects.  If diagnosed early Lyme Disease is usually treatable with antibiotics.



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