Yuck, we all get the creepy crawlies from these creatures and for some; it’s because of the fear of contracting Lyme Disease. Let’s talk a bit about the risks and symptoms and what you should do.
If you remove a tick within 24 hours, it has not had time to give you Lyme Disease, so just remove it quickly.
The tick will leave behind a mark. For some people, this will be a small red bump. In other people it will become red, hot and swollen and even bruised. You may use ice for comfort and try not to scratch!
Early Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease (3 to 30 days after tick bite)
Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash:
- Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons
- Sometimes begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3 to 30 days (average is about 7 days)
- Expands gradually over a period of days reaching up to 12 inches or more (30 cm) across (always bigger than a quarter!)
- May feel warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful
- Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance
- May appear on any area of the body (and may be in multiple sites!)
Please come and see us if you cannot remove the tick, are worried about a skin infection at the site of the tick bite or if you develop a rash or other symptoms, as described above.
Enjoy your time outside, wear light clothing and remember to check for little creepy hitchhikers at the end of your adventure!