Ticks and Lyme Disease
Prevention is the Best Medicine
- Wear protective clothing, ideally long pants and long-sleeved shirts in woodlands and tall grass
- Wear bug repellents with DEET - also spray clothing and shoes
- Perform daily tick checks. Download our free Tick Shower Card (14k pdf). This is a great tool for kids to learn how to check themselves for ticks. Early removal of ticks prevents Lyme and other tick borne diseases.
- Protect your pets too
- Spray your yard for ticks
Recognize the Symptoms
- A bulls-eye rash
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, body aches)
- Joint pain and swelling
Studies have shown that ticks must remain attached for at least 36 hours in order to transmit the Lyme bacteria.
In Case of Tick Bite
- First of all, don’t panic! Most tick bites do not transmit Lyme or any other disease.
- Don’t worry if the bite site has black flecks in it. Sometimes the mouth parts of the tick remain at the bite site; they do not transmit disease.
- Expect the bite site to be red for 7 to 10 days. Apply a dab of antibiotic ointment and a dab of 1% hydrocortisone ointment three times a day for five days to minimize this inflammation.
- Please call us if...
- your child develops a ring-shaped red rash (especially if it is at the bite site) in the month following the bite (note: A rash that appears in the first three days after the bite is very unlikely to be Lyme disease.)
- your child develops fever in the month following the bite
- your child becomes achy in the month following the bite
- your child develops joint pain or swelling in the month following the bite
- As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer!
Treat within 30 days
- Lyme disease is treated in the early stages with oral antibiotics
Dr. Hartman addresses frequently asked questions about preventing, treating and recognizing the symptoms of Lyme disease.
- What can I do to prevent Lyme disease?
- When does the bulls-eye rash occur?
- When should I get treatment?
- Should I get the tick tested?
- Visit www.TickEncounter.org for information on how to identify a tick, safely remove a tick, protect your yard and more.