Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the bacteria and spread it when feeding.
While this past winter may have been frightful, researchers have found that even frigid temperatures won’t make a sizable dent in the deer tick population. Knowing where, how and when Lyme disease is most often contracted can help you prevent it as these pesky, pint-sized carriers crawl out of their hiding places.
Deer ticks spend their time hanging out in piles of leaves and other undergrowth. When it warms up, they climb bushes, weeds and grass and wait for unsuspecting passersby to brush past.
You can avoid Lyme disease by steering clear of tall plants. In the woods, stick to the center of the trail. At home, clean up fall leaves, create a brush-free zone on porches and walkways, and try to keep the ticks’ favorite meal—deer—out of your space.
When you spend time outside, wear light clothing so ticks will be easy to see, tuck pants into socks and shoes, and cover exposed skin with insect repellent.
Check for ticks every day, especially if you’ve spent time outside. It takes about 36 hours for a tick to transfer Lyme disease. Remove any ticks that you find right away to reduce your chances of getting it.
Be sure to look around your ears, in your belly button, under your arms, between your legs, behind the knees and under your hair. You may need a mirror or a partner to perform a thorough scan.
The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often.
Early Infection: These signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you've been infected:
Disseminated / Late Disease: In some people, the rash may spread to other parts of the body and, several weeks to months after you've been infected, you may experience:
The medical professionals and staff of Infectious Disease Consultants of Lancaster have dedicated their time to the practice of treating infectious diseases.
Our front office staff is well trained and concerned about every patient receiving the best care possible. They are willing to help you with your registration, scheduling and insurance needs. Every effort will be made to answer all your questions in a timely manner.
The specialists at Infectious Disease Consultants of Lancaster diagnose and care for a wide range of conditions caused by bacteria, viruses and other organisms. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians provide comprehensive treatment through antibiotics and other medications, as well as preventive vaccinations and immunizations. We provide a range of services, including:
Our physicians are well equipped to manage care for a range of infectious conditions, including:
Our goal is to provide you and your loved ones with quality care and service. That's why our friendly staff works to minimize paperwork and increase conveniences.
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