Most of us are aware that Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread by ticks, but unless we have had experience with the disease, that is the extent of many people’s knowledge. With the summer in high gear and kids running amok through tall grass and forested areas, it is more important than ever to be aware of what the symptoms of Lyme disease are and what steps you can take to protect your family from this disease.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease symptoms may vary significantly, but the initial symptom of Lyme disease is a red circle spreading out from the site of a tick bite. Lyme disease can affect the skin, heart, nervous system, and joints of the body, causing pain and difficulty with movements. The symptoms begin to appear I n phases, so any indication of these issues may be cause for concern. While the red circle is usually a clear indicator of Lyme disease, it may be difficult to see the circle depending on the site of the tick bite.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is diagnosed through testing. After the patient begins to show signs of illness, doctors will take a blood sample. The sample will be tested for certain antibodies that are present when the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is present in the body. If these antibodies are present, the patient is diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease Prevention
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by ticks. Parents and children may cover up and wear insect repellant in order to avoid by bitten by ticks. Since ticks are attracted o darker clothing, wearing lighter clothing may help to prevent tick bites and can make it easier to see ticks if they do get on the clothing. If initial signs of Lyme disease are noticed, patients should begin treating the disease as quickly as possible using antibiotics.