Do a Daily Tick Check!
Tick Bites and Lyme Disease - The Basics
Deer ticks may carry germs that cause Lyme Disease. Ticks are usually found in wooded habitats, near the ground. Deer ticks may be active year round but spring, summer, and fall are seasons of high-risk. The Dog tick is most active in spring and summer. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health suggests using repellents appropriately and do tick checks daily.
Remove attached ticks at once. Grasp the tick close to the skin and pull upward using fine-point tweezers. Avoid squeezing the tick.
The first sign of a Lyme Tick infection is usually a circular rash called Erythemia Migrans. The rash begins at the site of the tick bite between 3-30 days after the bite. A distinctive feature of the rash is that it gradually expands over several days and may reach 12 inches across. The center of the rash may appear clear and as it enlarges will take on the appearances of a bull's eye.
Other symptoms if Lyme Disease include:
Muscle and joint aches
Swollen lymph nodes
Most cases of Lyme Disease can be cured with antibiotics especially if treatment is begun early in the course of the illness. However there is a small percentage of patients with Lyme Disease who may have symptoms that last months to years after treatment.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control
is a website set up by the University of Rhode Island. It is a wealth of information and resources.