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How to Reduce your Chances of Getting Lyme Disease
The other day, my husband’s brother contacted him and told him he was recovering from Lyme disease. While this problem has always been out there, it has only recently poked its ugly head up. If you are not familiar with Lyme disease, let me share with you some information. This disease is transmitted by the Black Legged tick or deer tick. These little creatures are opportunists. What I mean by that is the fact that they wait for a host on the tips of grasses and shrubs. When you walk by and your clothes or body brush up against this material, the Black Legged tick hitches a ride.
Ok, I know what you are thinking. I will just pick this bug off and the problem is solved. If you are lucky to find them before they start sucking, go ahead but keep in mind that these bugs are the size of a poppy seed so chance are you will not see them.
If you do not find them, the Black Legged tick will move up your body and secure itself on your skin where it will fed for several days. While feeding, there is an exchange of fluids and this is where the Lyme disease comes into play.
While this disease can be treated with antibiotics, the best approach is to learn how to reduce your chance of getting Lyme disease in the first place.
The first thing you need to do is to check your body every day. This means really checking it. Look in your armpits and belly button. Move folds of skins, check behind your knees, look on and inside your ears.
Next, pick your clothes carefully and wear them correctly. What I mean by this is to pick light colored clothes, which makes spotting the deer tick easier. Also, where long pants and tuck the legs inside your socks.
Another preventative measure is to pick the correct campsite. Avoid grassy places, which is one of the areas that the deer tick likes to hide in.
Finally, make insect repellant your friend. Spray your clothes down after you have put them on. Apply insect repellant to your tent floor.
What do you do if you find a Black Legged tick on you? Do not be tempted to pull it out with your finger. If you do this, you are risking not getting the “head.” A better approach is to always care a pair of tweezers with you so that you can remove the deer tick while you are on the go.