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Prevent lyme disease, avoid ticks

By: Spencer

With the weather warming up, we’re all excited to spend more time outdoors. Most of us know about wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated, but often forget about another pesky outdoor health risk – bug bites.

Bug bites can cause a variety of illnesses – including Lyme disease, a serious disease that can be treated if it’s caught early enough.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria spread by tiny insects called ticks, usually found in wooded or grassy areas.

Early signs include:

  • Flu-like symptoms (fever, joint/muscle pain, headache)
  • Tiredness
  • Round, red rash that spreads around the tick bite

However, if the disease goes untreated, it can cause serious, long-term problems, including:

  • Swelling and joint pain
  • Tingling and numbness in the hands, feet and back
  • Lack of energy that does not improve
  • Trouble focusing
  • Poor memory
  • Weakness or paralysis in your face muscles

If you notice a rash or any of the symptoms described above, see a doctor immediately.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites with these tips:

  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas
  • Use bug repellent with DEET
  • Bathe as soon as you return indoors
  • Conduct a full body check using a mirror and check your kids
  • Put clothes in a hot dryer for an hour to kill remaining ticks
  • Remove any ticks you find
Adventist HealthCare
Need fast medical care? Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care offers walk-in or online appointments in three convenient locations in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. 

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.


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