During the month of May, we observe Lyme Disease Awareness Month. As you enjoy the outdoors, it is crucial to prioritize tick checks for yourself, your loved ones, and your pets. It’s equally important to be knowledgeable about the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses.
To effectively defend against Lyme disease, the first line of defense is to take precautionary measures when outdoors. Treat your clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin, use insect repellent, and steer clear of wooded and brushy areas with tall grass or leaf litter. Upon returning indoors, thoroughly examine your clothing, gear, and pets for any ticks. Additionally, take a shower as soon as possible after outdoor activities and conduct a comprehensive body check for ticks, paying special attention to areas like under the arms, around the ears, the back of the knees, and other similar areas.
If you happen to be bitten, it is important to monitor the bite area for the appearance of a bull’s-eye rash, although not all cases display this rash. Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include fever, fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches. However, if left untreated, symptoms can progress to more severe manifestations affecting the joints, nervous system, and heart.
Stay informed, stay vigilant, and prioritize prevention to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience during this Lyme Disease Awareness Month.