Now that the weather is warmer, it is the perfect time to get active outdoors! Although it is important to enjoy this time, the next few months bear the highest risk of Lyme disease contraction. With a high percentage of cases in the New York area, Lyme disease is spread through the bite from an infected tick. If you camp, hike, or work in wooded or grassy areas, you are most at risk. However high the risk, there are ways to prevent tick bites. These include:
The best way to remove a tick is with fine-tipped tweezers. If you do find a tick on your body, remove the tick immediately. After it is removed, clean the area with warm soap and water. If the tick was on your skin for less than 24 hours, you have a much lower chance of getting Lyme disease.
If symptoms develop within a month of your tick bite, it is very important to visit a healthcare professional. These include:
Lyme disease is treatable and in most cases curable with the right course of antibiotics. At NYIR, we are experienced with the treatment of Lyme disease at all stages, whether it is at an early stage or post treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
No matter the risk of Lyme Disease, staying active outdoors is extremely beneficial to your overall mind and body. Keeping your safety in mind, however, is key towards having a successful summer. Contact us today for further questions!