All About Lyme Disease
Ticks are still out and about this year, so you can’t let your guard down just yet. There are nearly 40,000 reported cases of Lyme disease caught from ticks each year in the United States. Here are some helpful tips to keep you prepared.
Around 60 to 80 percent of people that catch Lyme disease show signs of the bulls eye rash, but the rash doesn’t always look like a bulls eye. It can sometimes be raised and elongated and oblong rather than round. Also, not everyone who gets Lyme disease shows signs of the rash. Unfortunately, sometimes Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose, especially if a person doesn’t remember being bitten. Sometimes people end up experiencing symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, and headache, which doctors can misdiagnose as the flu.
Treatment doesn’t always last months. If the disease is treated right away usually a two to three course of antibiotics will do the trick. However, if the disease is caught later and it has spread to your central nervous system, doctors will usually prescribe a four week course of intravenous antibiotics.
Prevention is always the best way to avoid this disease, though. Experts recommend you use insect repellants with DEET in them and check for ticks whenever you’ve been outside. They also have found that people who take a shower within one to two hours of being outside have a much lower risk of getting infected.
Have you had to deal with ticks this year?