It is presumed that most people understand what Lyme Disease is, how you can get infected, what the symptoms are and most important of all how it can be treated. However, there are many people out there that are blissfully unaware as to what exactly this infection is and how to recognize that they may be affected. Here’s a useful article with an overview:-
Ticks and Lyme Disease
What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and then may spread to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages. In the United States, there are only two tick species that are known to transmit Lyme disease – deer (or black-legged) ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in the East and upper Midwest and the related western black-legged ticks (Ixodes Pacificus). As these two species are specific to only certain parts of the country, it’s not surprising that the hyperendemic areas (areas with a high tick infection rate) of Lyme disease are principally the Northeast, followed by the upper Midwest.
As the warmer months are upon us, it’s particularly important to recognize just what these little pests can do and how you can protect your family from ticks.
Taking preventative measures is the obvious choice. Nobody wants to deal with the symptoms instead. That first discovery of a tick attached to the skin I would imagine can be somewhat traumatic, and if you are not fully informed as to how to remove it, then it can only make matters worse. Here’s a step by step guide in removing that troublesome little creature.
Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide
First, don’t panic. It’s true that Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States, but your child’s risk of developing Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick is very low. To be safe, though, you’ll want to remove the tick as soon as possible because risk of infection increases between 24 to 48 hours after the tick attaches to the skin.
For those of you that are already aware as to the causes of Lyme Disease and the preventative measures, I hope this article has provided you with a little reminder. To the newbies out there that are just finding out what this is all about, then fingers crossed this should give you a gentle introduction, not raise any alarm, but just implant a thought in your mind as to whether you should be thinking about preventative measures.