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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Identification of Ticks

Many doctors will tell you that a tick has to be attached to your skin for three days in order to become infected with Lyme disease.  Not true!  You can become infected by any deer tick bite, regardless of the duration.  My advice is to see antibiotics immediately after a tick bite.  If you can safely remove the tick yourself, put the tick in an empty pill bottle or zip lock bag and have the tick tested for Lyme disease.

I am posting a link to an article that identifies the different types of ticks in North America.  It was interesting to note that homes can become infested with ticks.  Pets can be the source of these infestations when they spend time outdoors. This is something that I did not realize.  The article also says that people can even contract Lyme disease in large, urban areas such as New York City.  This article is definitely worth reading.  I thought that I knew everything there was to know about ticks, but I was wrong!

If you suspect that you have Lyme disease, use this handy check list below and consult a local Lyme Literate doctor.  Click the link below:

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