Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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Be tick aware – stay safe and stay well

Lyme disease can be spread by the bite of an infected tick.

Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed, or quite large. Bites are normally painless and do not itch, so they can easily be missed.

Some people develop a bull’s-eye or atypical rash, but approximately 1/3 of people do not.

Early symptoms may include any of the following:

  • a flu-like illness
  • fatigue
  • muscle and joint pain
  • facial palsy

Prevention tips

  • Use repellent that is active against ticks and biting insects.
  • Wear long sleeves and tuck your trousers into your socks.
  • Take extra care in overgrown areas. Stick to pathways.
  • Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks when you get home.

What to do when bitten

  • Never use oil, a match, vaseline, or any other unsuitable products. This will irritate the tick and cause it to regurgitate bacteria into the wound.
  • Ideally, use a tick remover tool. These are designed to avoid squashing the tick’s body.
  • Alternatively, use fine-nosed tweezers. Grasp the tic k as close to the skin as possible. Pull gently and firmly upward. Do not twist or jerk.
  • After removal, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Check your whole body for any other ticks. Monitor symptoms, which could be delayed.
  • If you have any difficulty removing the tick, contact your pharmacist or GP surgery for advice. If out of hours contact 111.

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01-05-24 to
31-05-24
 

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