Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. The tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more to transmit disease. The symptoms of Lyme disease include: fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle and joint aches, and a red, expanding skin rash (commonly called a “bulls-eye rash”). The rash commonly associated with Lyme disease infection occurs in approximately 70-80% of patients. Seek medical attention from your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms listed above.
To Prevent Tick Bites:
- Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET
- Use products that contain permethrin on clothing
- Bathe or shower after coming indoors
- Conduct a tick check using a full length mirror
- Check hard to see places such as armpits, groin, legs, around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, and especially along your hairline
How to remove a tick from your body:
- Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp tick as close to skin surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady even pressure. Do not twist or jerk.
- Clean area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.