Tick bite prevention is a critical first step to prevent Lyme disease and/or other tick-borne illnesses. Each year, ticks are becoming more active beyond tick season (spring to late summer/fall). They are also expanding their geographical footprint. Lyme disease cases are increasing. You can be bitten by a tick in your own backyard.
Join GLA to #BeTickAWARE™! To raise Lyme disease awareness and protect yourself, family, and pets from ticks.
Be proactive - practice effective tick bite prevention habits to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Make these habits a part of your daily routine.
Simply, it’s important to Be Tick AWARE.
As hard as it may seem, don’t panic. Follow these steps to to remove an attached tick. Click here to print the instructions. .
Remove the tick with a tick removal tool or tweezers. Get as close to the skin as possible, being careful to get the head – pull the tick straight up – immediately clean the site of the bite with and antiseptic or soap.
👍 DO! Save the tick in a sealable bag or vial with date of removal 👎 DO NOT! Twist or agitate the tick - Touch the tick - "Drown" the tick
in oil or petroleum jelly to remove, it could spread any pathogens
Watch tick removal video.
Testing the tick is important to identify its species and diseases it may be carrying. This information can aid in your diagnosis. It will also help researchers learn more about tick habitats and patterns. Ask the lab to test the tick for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. Request that your lab test for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens (co-infections).
See list of tick testing labs.
It’s important to note that while the bulls-eye rash is most associated with Lyme disease, many people do not develop a rash or the appearance of the rash may not be a bulls-eye. If you do develop a bulls-eye, CDC guidelines indicate this as a positive diagnosis for Lyme disease, and treatment should be started immediately.
AS SOON AS YOU EXPERIENCE ANY SYMPTOMS, see a doctor. A symptom could be a reaction at the bite site or other form of rash, fatigue, brain fog, or flu-like symptoms. Note: a bulls-eye rash serves as an official Lyme disease diagnosis per the CDC. At the first signs of symptoms, 21 days of an antibiotic treatment (doxycycline or others) are recommended immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment are key!
It’s important to note that while the bulls-eye rash is most associated with Lyme disease, many patients do not develop a rash or the appearance of the rash is not a bulls-eye.
Current Lyme diagnostics are inaccurate about 1/2 the time! It’s important to remember that if your doctor says your test came back negative, but you are feeling symptomatic, you may still have Lyme disease. Trust your symptoms, not the test!
If you need help connecting with a Lyme treating physician, GLA can help.
Help us share the message of tick bite prevention! Please use and share our Be Tick AWARE resources with your communities, libraries, schools, and social networks.
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