Lyme disease is a serious and growing problem that affects thousands every year.
There are 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported annually in the United States. Out of those growing cases, about 3,500 were cases of Lyme disease that were confirmed in New York. The number of cases is likely higher. Officials believe that only a fraction of illnesses are reported.
Lyme disease can affect your body if you’re bitten by an infected tick. Typically, symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic “bulls-eye” skin rash. Lyme disease is very treatable with antibiotics if caught early, but if left untreated the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system. Most cases of Lyme disease are missed due to the fact that ticks are very small and not easily detected.
Tips for avoiding ticks and preventing Lyme disease
It is important to check for ticks after outdoor activities because if caught early, Lyme disease is very treatable with antibiotics. If left is not caught and left untreated, Lyme disease infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
How to find and safely remove ticks:
If a tick is found on your skin it is important to remove it as soon as you can and not wait for it to fall off itself.
To remove ticks: