What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an inflammatory condition that causes fever, rashes, chills and headaches. It can also cause circulatory problems and arthritis. It occurs when a person is bitten by an infected deer tick. It is estimated that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. This condition is more common than breast cancer and HIV. However, it is difficult to get an exact estimate because many people are living with this condition and do not know it.
There are a number of complications that can result if Lyme disease is not treated. Heart rhythm irregularities, arthritis and cognitive defects are just a few of the many conditions that can result if Lyme Disease is not treated.
One of the best things that you can do to avoid Lyme Disease is to avoid going in areas where deer ticks live. This includes bushy areas with tall grass. If you are walking through grassy areas, then you will need to cover up by wearing long sleeves and pants. It is also a good idea to wear insect repellent.
Keep in mind that you will have to apply the insect repellent every one or two hours in order for it to be effective. Even if you take all of the necessary precautions, you can still get bitten by a tick. That is why it is important to inspect your skin for ticks after you have been outside. The ticks are most likely to attach themselves to hairy regions of the body.
Studies have shown that it takes 36 to 48 hours for the infected tick to transmit the infection. That is why the sooner you remove the tick, the better. You can use tweezers to remove the tick. Make sure that you do not squeeze the tick when you remove it. Clean the area with soap and water. You will also need to apply an antiseptic to the area.
Take note of how the tick looks after you remove it. If the tick appears to be swollen, then it may have transmitted bacteria to you. You should see a physician if you suspect that you have been infected by the tick.
Furthermore, it is important to remember that you are not immune to Lyme Disease if you get it once. You can easily get this infection again if the proper precautions are not taken.