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Lyme Disease Prevention

May 1, 2018

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:

  • Stay On The Trail - When enjoying nature, avoid high grass and heavily wooded areas. Walk along the center of the pathway to avoid potential interaction with ticks
  • Wear Repellent - Repellent with 20% or more DEET or picaridin is the most effective at staving off ticks.
  • Wear Light-Colored Clothes - Dark clothes makes it easier for ticks to blend in. By wearing light-colored clothes, you will notice a tick more quickly.
  • Put Clothes In The Dryer On High Heat - This will kill any ticks.
  • Inspect Your Full Body - Using a mirror, inspect all areas of the skin including the scalp for ticks. You should also inspect your children and pets. Pets are likely to bring infected ticks inside the house.

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:

  • Fever
  • Rash at the site of your tick bite or in general
  • Aches and pains

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!