Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

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Time to get ‘Ticked Off!’

As much as I enjoy reporting that summer appears to be nearing,
the annual warnings about what the season brings with it make me
cringe.

The ticks are coming!

A deer tick bite is no laughing matter. Untreated, Lyme disease
can spread into the heart and nervous system leading to palsies and
meningitis. Later stages of the disease can result in motor and
sensory debilitations and brain inflammation.

Typically, within days of being bitten, the bacteria at the initial
site begin to spread, leaving an un-raised reddish rash which is
accompanied by flu like symptoms. An even redder outer ring with a
clear center may also appear resulting in a classic “bull’s eye.”
If caught early, Lyme disease can usually be successfully treated
with antibiotics. Untreated, the rash goes away after about a
month. The aftermath results in the bacteria and its side effects
spreading throughout the body causing disease in the joints, heart
and nervous system.

Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and passed off as a migraine or
the flu and the patient is sent home. Subsequently, it progresses,
causing irreversible problems.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been bitten by a
deer tick, you should immediately seek medical attention. If a
medical professional shrugs your symptoms off as something else
entirely and sends you home, INSIST that they test you for Lyme
disease. If they reject your theory, don’t hesitate to seek out
another doctor.

Many times, patients are unaware that they’ve been bitten
because a tick can be as small as a pin head. One in four people
infected with Lyme never acquire a rash, which is why it is
critical to be aware of the other symptoms if you spend time
outdoors during the spring and summer months. Seek medical
attention promptly if you or someone you know suffers from any
combination of these symptoms:

* Red, un-raised “bull’s eye” like rash

* Flu like symptoms such as:

– Fatigue and muscle/joint stiffness

– Swollen lymph nodes

– “Brain fog”

– Severe headache

 

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