Ticks and Lyme Disease

An Article by Worsley Training - First Aid Training in and around Wiltshire

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease
 

We are back in tick season (predominantly spring and autumn) so it's important to know what to look out for, to avoid debilitating Lyme Disease.

 

Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed, so easy to miss and their bites are not painful. Therefore, if you have been outdoors, especially in long grass, please do check yourselves fully in the evening.
 
If you find one use a cheap tick removal tool e.g. O'Tom Twister - never burn them or smother in oil or Vaseline as this will distress them and cause them to regurgitate. Also check your pets as 1 in 3 dogs have a tick on them which then can fall off in your home.
 
Contrary to popular belief there is no minimum time for a tick to be attached before it transmits infection, so watch for the early symptoms which include flu, headaches and fatigue and maybe, but not always, the classic bulls-eye rash.
 
Government estimates say 5-8 people are infected with Lyme Disease each day in the UK and early treatment with antibiotics is vital to ensure full recovery, before the neurological problems and joint pain start.
 
So as always prevention is better than cure:
 
• wear insect repellent
 
• avoid walking through long grass
 
• tuck trousers into socks
 
• wear light coloured clothing
 
• shower and check for ticks when home
 

See lymediseaseuk.com for further information.

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