Protecting Yourself The Best Way From Lyme Disease


With the exception of the spotted ladybug or even a fuzzy caterpillar, I would rather not encounter bugs too often.  However, they are part of our ecosystem, our planet earth, and we must learn to coexist.

Bugs can certainly cause annoyance at a outdoor event or a relaxing picnic with their stingers and venom and germs, but there is a particular nasty specimen that I am focusing on here that can seriously affect your long-term health - the tick.  Please come along and get properly introduced - it is a combatant you really need to know more about to better protect you and your family.










Two Ticks Types To Especially Avoid


Let me get a little science-nerdy on you right now and clarify that the tick is not an insect, but a parasite.  Further, they are classified as an arachnid with eight legs, rather than the six-legged insect. They also do not have wings or antennae like insects, either.  But there are over 800 different species of them, and insect or arachnid, they can spell trouble and here are two bullies in the crowd with a bit about each and why you need to stay clear:


1.  Deer Ticks


They are tiny - the size of a pencil point and brown.  They are primarily found in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the United States.  All ticks can carry various diseases and cause potential harm; however, the deer tick is the one that carries Lyme Disease.

Deer ticks are not only found on deer or tin he woods. A common visitor in many homes, the mouse, can be a big carrier of ticks and the lyme disease they carry. 







2.  Dog Ticks


They are larger than the deer tick.  They are the size of a pencil eraser and have a white collar. Although they do not carry Lyme Disease, they can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a serious complication.


Spending time outside is great for our spirits and our health! But, be sure to follow these simple precautions to avoid ticks and the serious diseases they carry to keep you and your family safe.

Tick Bites & Symptoms


Wearing a natural bug repellant, showering and doing a thorough tick check as soon as possible after spending time outside are all ways to catch a tick before it can get hold.  Ticks can crawl for up to hour on you or your pet before biting so those measures can help you avoid a bite in the first place. But, if they do take hold and chomp down, here are the signs of a bite:  
  • pain and swelling
  • itching
  • blistering
  • redness which usually disappears within a week 
More serious symptoms can include these signs:
  • fever and chills
  • headache
  • palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • confusion
  • vomiting
  • red bulls-eye rash around the bite
  • muscle weakness
  • fatigue
  • trouble walking
  • loss of appetite
Should these develop, even within the month after the tick bite, see a doctor or emergency room, depending on the severity of the symptoms.



Time outside is part of living the healthy life, but getting a tick bite sure isn't. FInd out here the correct 5 step method to remove a tick and to avoid serious disease. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health


5 Steps To Remove A Tick the Right Way to Avoid Disease


Let’s hope you don’t have to, but here is how to remove a tick the right way from you, your children and your pets:

1.  Don't wait to remove a tick. Always remove a tick as soon as possible to prevent disease.  Disease spread is much less likely if the tick is removed within the first 24 hours of the bite.

This is important: 
Do not apply Vaseline, nail polish remover, matches, soap, or any of the other old wives tales to remove the tick.  This could irritate the tick causing it to release more germs.


2.  Using a sterile cotton ball, clean area around tick very well with rubbing alcohol. Do not touch tick with hands!


 3.  With sterilized fine-tipped tweezers, as close to skin as possible, grasp the tick by gently pulling up straight and out until the tick lets go. Do not jerk or twist to avoid breaking anything off which could spread germs.


4.  After removal, using sterile cotton balls, clean area thoroughly as well as your hands with rubbing alcohol. Never crush the tick with your fingers as it could spread germs.


5.  Immerse tick in alcohol and dispose of dead tick in sealed container and get tested for Lyme or other diseases to see if you need treatment. Scroll on down for details on why this can be important









How To Treat A Tick Bite


Here are some important caveats of treating a tick bite and why actually saving the tick could be critical to your health:


  • Saving the tick in a sealed bag provides important clues of the tick type and can narrow the doctor's list of possible diagnosis.  Some doctors prefer to send the tick to a lab to check for disease as well.
  • Although the majority of tick bites do not result in symptoms or disease, positive blood tests for diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and others do not show up for two to six weeks post tick bite.  Thus, a doctor could treat with preventive antibiotics immediately if the tick tests positive or take a wait and see approach.
  • A blood test six weeks after the bite is probably a good idea regardless of which approach you choose with your doctor.


Source: CDC




For Even More On The Topic . . . 


  • There are lots of things you can do for yourself and your family to feel a whole lot better!Make sure to follow this board for home recoveries to all sorts of ailments.
  • Want to get outdoors and need picnic ideas? Got all the details covered right here to make it memorable.

7 comments:

  1. I hope I never encounter a tick but I do live in the North East... so I usually stay away from the woods... less chance of getting a bite (I hope)... it's pretty scary the germs they can carry.. xox

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    1. Yes, they can do some harm, But, now you know how to deal with them!

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  2. I don't have to worry about Lyme disease, because I don't go outside enough - baha ha ha!

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    1. Ha!! Oh No! I hope that is not true, Gigi! You'd be missing a lot! Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Ha!! Oh No! I hope that is not true, Gigi! You'd be missing a lot! Thanks for coming by.

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  3. Good info on those nasty little things that can cause so many problems.
    Kathleen
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    1. Yes, unfortunately they do but there is something we can do about it if caught in time!

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