The Lyme disease is nothing to play around with, it definitely needs to be taken care of, if let go it could cause serious harm to your body.
But, with medicine nowadays it’s treatable and curable.
Edward Dougherty in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania received the disease from a tick bite. He never noticed any symptoms: no fatigue, chills, or achiness which is common to the early stages of Lyme disease. He did however have a circular red rash on his shoulder that his doctor discovered at a recent checkup. All he did was take some antibiotic doxycycline for a week and was soon free of the infection.
Edward stated, “I was very lucky!” If he wouldn’t of went to his yearly checkup the infection would of entered his bloodstream and caused more sever symptoms such as multiple rashes over the body, fever, and aches. If caught really late it can cause facial palsy, meningitis with severe headaches and stiff neck, shooting pains, heartbeat irregularity and arthritis.
This short story tells you how important yearly checkups are. Even doing it every few months is not a bad idea, I know I should do it more often. I’ve let some of my bad colds/fevers go when I should of went to the doctor. Luckily it wasn’t anything serious. If you feel really bad go get it checked out, you never know what you might have, it could save your life!
How to Detach a Tick
Try and remember that it takes at least 48 hours of the tick attached to your skin before it transmits the bacteria through their saliva. So if you catch the tick in time imbeded in your skin you might not ever receive the Lyme disease.
The process is very simple, just follow these rules and you should be ok.
- Get a set of blunt curved tweezers or thread.
- Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with a steady, even pressure.
- Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and remain in the skin.
- You should pull firmly enough to lift up the skin.
- Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will back out.
- DO NOT squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria.
- Immediately dispose of the tick. If you have any concerns, put the tick in a plastic bag and freeze it. If you get sick you can take the dead tick with you when you see your provider.
- Immediately wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.