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Tick , Tick, Tick- How to avoid Lyme's Disease This Summer
posted at June 25, 2012 10:29 PM EDT
First: September 16, 2011
Last: May 22, 2013
From the VA healthcare site,
Ticks carry disease:
he recent mild winter, which left deer ticks alive, hungry and looking for food, can create optimal conditions for the transmission of Lyme Disease. In the United States, 82 tick species collectively can cause nine major diseases, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease the most common.
The VA Health Care System offers the following tips to protect yourself, your family and your pets from Lyme disease when you step outside this summer. "Those who contract Lyme Disease don’t know they have it since the tell-tale ‘bulls-eye’ rash may not always appear, and it is difficult to diagnose because the bacteria is known as a great masquerader," said Dr. Martin Garcia-Bunuel, deputy director of Managed Care and a primary care physician at the VA Maryland Health Care System. The risk of being bitten by an infected tick is greatest in summer, especially in May and June, and people are just as likely to contract it in their backyards then hiking in the woods. Many tick-related diseases have symptoms similar to the flu, including high fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Around Your Home:
After a Tick Bite:
If a tick bites, remove it using fine tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the surface of the skin as possible. Do not use your fingers. Pull firmly but gently, and do not jerk or twist. Be careful not to puncture the body of the tick since its fluids may contain infectious agents. Do not use chemicals like nail polish remover, liquid soap, oils, or by heating it with a match, which can kill the tick before it disengages its mouth parts, causing the tick to regurgitate it contents into the wound and increasing the likelihood of transmitting a number of diseases.
Re: Tick , Tick, Tick- How to avoid Lyme's Disease This Summer
posted at July 19, 2012 3:49 AM EDT
First: July 19, 2012
Last: July 19, 2012
Hey thanks for the info; not even the home and furniture’s should be cleaned but the animal pets as well especially dogs that are also a carrier of ticks.