Many reports state that 2017 will face an overwhelming number of Lyme disease cases. Therefore, people should be careful with ticks when they go out in nature. Everybody should be aware of all the preventive measures they can take to avoid getting a tick bite and thus not getting Lyme disease.
Ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease
Lyme disease is a blood condition which is transmitted via tick bites. The disease is present mostly in the Northeast, but it may reach more to the south and west, in states such as Virginia in the south, and Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Illinois in the west.
In the past, the disease was not so widespread, and usually only farmers and people who wandered out in the nature could contract it. Now, it spread to such an extent that it can affect anybody and cause terrible consequences.
These disease-transmitting ticks usually reside in tall grass or in forests, but people might catch them even in their own gardens. Thus, it is important to check yourself and your children for ticks every evening. The infection starts spreading after 24 or 36 hours, so it is important that you should find any possible tick attached to your body as soon as possible.
What to do if you find a tick bite
If you find a tick, make sure you remove its entire body or go to your local healthcare provider and get help. Then, it is really important to go and have the tick tested for Lyme disease. Thus, if it tests positive, you can take all the other measures and cut the disease from its root.
Lyme disease has several symptoms, including rashes and joint swelling. However, it might not be so easy to spot the infection. If you are suspicious or have suffered a tick bite in the past, it is better if you perform some blood tests and make sure you are healthy.
It might be difficult to keep away from ticks, now that they have invaded our backyards. There are still a few things to do to try and keep away from an infection. Keep your yard clean and try to remove all excessive vegetation. Also, be careful at what plants you keep, since some might attract the tick carriers.
Do not forget about your pets, as they are more vulnerable to tick infections which they might also carry into your home. Get informed on how you can protect your family and your pets from Lyme disease and take all the necessary measures to maintain your health.
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