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Ticks 'Tis the season to be aware!

Posted by Stuart Rose on

The Zika virus has been dominating the health news headlines recently, distracting us from remembering that we are now in the Lyme disease season. The Zika virus can be devastating to a fetus, but otherwise it generally causes mild symptoms and (except for rare cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome) resolves without treatment.
Lyme disease is much more serious and is growing more rampant in its normal hotspots across the US; It is also endemic throughout Europe and much of Russia.
If you engage in hiking, camping, or similar outdoor activities in wooded regions of endemic areas, or do a lot of gardening, you must take measures to prevent tick bites; This includes applying a DEET-containing repellent to exposed skin and (before hand) permethrin spray (or solution) to clothing and gear. Always check your body for ticks after outdoor exposure and promptly remove any tick using the tweezers in this Kit. 

 

Unlike the Zika virus, you can treat Lyme disease with antibiotics and early treatment is highly successful. Undiagnosed and untreated Lyme disease can cause serious, and sometimes long-lasting health problems (see below) and can even be (very rarely) fatal.

Like the Zika virus, there is currently no vaccine to prevent Lyme disease. You must prevent tick bites, and if bitten, remove the tick (here's how) as soon as possible. Fortunately, you have about 24 hours before the Lyme bacteria are transmitted. (It's important to inspect your entire body after outdoor exposure.) 

We are now offering a Lyme Disease Prevention kit. It contains Ultrathon, a long-lasting DEET-based repellent that you apply to your skin, Permethrin, a repellent one applies to one’s clothing, and a Tick Nipper, a patented tick-removing plier removes any size tick more simply and safely than any other method. 

 From the CDC

Early Signs and Symptoms (3 to 30 days after tick bite)

  • Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash:
    • Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons
    • Begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3 to 30 days (average is about 7 days)
    • Expands gradually over a period of days reaching up to 12 inches or more (30 cm) across
    • May feel warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful
    • Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull's-eye” appearance
    • May appear on any area of the body
    • See examples of EM rashes

Later Signs and Symptoms (days to months after tick bite)

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Additional EM rashes on other areas of the body
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints.
  • Facial or Bell's palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heart beat (Lyme carditis)
  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve pain
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet

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