For the avid nature enthusiast, Lyme disease can be a very real threat. Thusly, it is important before spending time in any grassy/wooded areas that you know as much about Lyme disease as possible so that you can seek proper treatment should you become infected. The goal of this post will be to briefly review the causes and symptoms of Lyme disease as well as the signs that you may want to consider seeking medical attention for Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease Causes and Prevention
In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is generally transmitted by deer ticks. In order for a human to contract Lyme disease, a deer tick infected with the disease must bite them and transmit the bacteria to the individual through the bite. The problem with preventing Lyme disease lies in the fact that ticks are generally no larger than the head of a pin, which can make it particularly difficult to spot them on your body. However, it is vital that you remove a tick from your body as soon as you discover it due to the fact that a deer tick must be attached for at least 36 hours in order for it to infect you with Lyme disease. This makes it imperative that you inspect yourself for ticks periodically when you are in a grassy/wooded area in order to prevent infection. Wearing a natural insect repellent can also go a long way in preventing you from coming in contact with an infected tick.
Signs That You May Require Medical Attention
One of the problems with diagnosing Lyme disease is that the symptoms can vary from one individual to the next and based off of how long it has been since the individual was infected. An early sign of the disease is a small, red rash at the sight of the tick bite. Generally, in the days following the bite, the rash will grow and expand including a red ring around the initial rash. Early symptoms can also include flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and headache. Later symptoms of Lyme disease can include bouts of severe join pain, irregular heartbeat, and severe fatigue. While many of these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions, seeking medical attention is advised so that it can be determined whether or not you have Lyme disease.
Knowing as much about Lyme disease as possible can help you to be diagnosed early should you become infected with the disease. Contact us to find out more about Lyme disease as well as to find out how a natural insect repellent could help prevent you from becoming infected.