Lyme Disease and Its Management
We love our outdoor activities and fun times outdoors. Camping and such outdoor ventures are such a time that we all look forward to with lots and lots of anticipation. But as much as this is the case and with all the excitement that comes with such outdoor activities, you should be alive to the risks that you may be so exposed to while outdoors. One of the risks that you stand exposed to as you enjoy your time outdoors is that of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is caused by the cases or instances of the black legged or deer ticks attaching to the exposed skin while outdoors and as such transmitting disease to us humans. In the event that these are not diagnosed and treated early on and in good time, Lyme disease can result in such chronic ailments. Those who happen to have been affected by Lyme disease will often manifest such a decline in the quality of their lives and general health decline nearly similar to what comes with such conditions as type 2 diabetes. These may demand for symptom management for quite some time going forward. Unfortunately, there is currently no commercially dispensable vaccine for Lyme disease and as such, there is the need to ensure that the diagnosis is done as early as can be and measures for treatment taken so as to guarantee such positive outcomes.
Tick bites being the cause of Lyme disease, it so follows that the best preventive measure to take so as to take care of such cases of Lyme disease is to eliminate ticks so as to prevent tick bites. But anyway, locating ticks can be quite difficult considering the size of ticks. A full grown tick can be the size of a sesame seed and so you can imagine the size of a nymph tick, the size of a poppy seed. For the tick to be able to transmit bacteria, it is to be attached for at least 36 hours. For this reason, to help prevent this disease, it is wise to advice patients to remove ticks as soon as they are found. And they need to ensure that they have removed the head of the tick which is often sunk or embedded into the skin. If you cannot remove the tick on your own, consult your healthcare provider
By and large, Lyme disease is often categorized into three main stages. The first stage is mild and the third phase is the most serious and severe. These are progressive with the first stage being early and the third stage being the latest. Some of the early symptoms of the disease are such as chills, fever and rashes on the skin. But it is to be borne as well in mind the fact that there are some cases may not present themselves with these obvious symptoms and as such the healthcare provider you are dealing with to help assess the condition should be as thorough so as to ensure that they get such a proper diagnosis at the end of the day.