For in-depth information, please see ASPIRE’s PANS & Tick-Borne Infection Resource section.
Protect yourself! (See Tick Prevention)
- Wear spray
- Permethrin clothes
- Spray your yard
- Understand where they live
- Don’t forget your pets, who can bring ticks into the house
- Have a tick kit in your house and purse, car, backpack
- Follow our Count to Ten Tick Check!
- Have someone check your back and head
- Put your clothes in the dryer for at least 15 minutes
Remove ticks correctly! (See Tick Removal)
- Do Not – twist them, burn them, smother them with anything. These methods will increase the likelihood that they will regurgitate into you, which is how the tick passes the Lyme.
- Do –
- Use a tweezer and get as close to the skin as possible
- Pull straight up
- If the tick does not pull easily, apply consistent pulling tension for a few minutes so that it releases on its own.
- Consider sending the tick to be tested
Know some facts!
- Bullseye rashes only show up about 35% of the time, and not all bullseyes are a perfect bullseye. And there are more rashes than just bullseye.
- Ticks are polymicrobial; you can be infected by more than one pathogen at once
- Depending on where the tick is, you may not even notice that you ever had a tick.
- Transmission time varies from pathogen to pathogen. A tick doesn’t have to be attached for 24-36 to pass Lyme disease.
- Lyme disease is not the only problem. So, we must be concerned about all ticks, not just deer ticks. Learn about Borellia Miyamotoi, Bartonella, Babesia and more.
- Ticks are more widespread than some would like to believe. Even if you are not in a known Lyme endemic area doesn’t mean that you may not have ticks.
- Testing is often flawed for many reasons so take the time to learn about this. Lyme is also a clinical diagnosis.
- Lyme is a great mimic of other diseases
Symptoms can be
Keep treating, and don’t give up!
- Many people need to take an integrative approach to treatment.
- Treatment is often not one and done. Expect symptoms to come back, so be prepared with a plan when symptoms relapse
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