Lyme Disease: How to Prevent and Detect
How to Prevent and Detect Lyme Disease
If you or a loved one, including your horse, has ever been afflicted with Lyme disease, you’re probably well aware of the illness and pain that can present itself after contracting the disease. For those who aren’t too aware of the disease and its prognosis, it’s important to familiarize yourself with Lyme disease, especially if you’re a friend to the great outdoors. BB’s All Natural knows that Lyme disease is nothing to mess with. In addition to recommending our essential oil bug spray for both humans and horses, we’ve also formed this informative post on the ins and outs of this disease.
What Causes Lyme disease
Lyme disease is transmitted to mammals via the bite of an infected deer tick, or blacklegged tick. These ticks can be found in areas all over the forests and wooded areas of United States, especially in the northeast. If you plan on going hiking or camping, make sure to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants and use some bug spray to coat the areas that aren’t covered. Make sure to check your entire body for ticks, and don’t skimp. It’s quite hard to feel if a tick bit you and therefore makes it hard to detect them any other way. Additionally, the infection ticks are commonly those that haven’t matured, making them extremely small.
If you’re with your horse or dog, regularly check their fur or maines for these tiny creatures. Vigilance is key when it comes to detecting and preventing Lyme disease. Luckily, our all natural bug repellent is both safe and protective to use on animals.
How to Tell if You’ve been Infected
If you remove the tick as soon as you spot it, you could be spared. The tell tale sign of Lyme disease infection is a “bulls-eye” type rash that appears usually about a week after being bitten. In addition to the rash, symptoms such as fever, chills, and fatigue are commonly experienced between 3 and 30 days after infection. If left untreated, Lyme disease can develop and cause severe headaches, dizziness, joint and muscle pain, and even brain and spinal cord inflammation.
Initial infection could be treated with an antibiotic regimen but if left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to years of pain and health complications. Unfortunately, this is also the case for some people who did seek treatment. Commonly referred to as Post-Lyme Disease Syndrome, this disease can evolve into an autoimmune disorder and it could take months for patients to feel back to normal. If you think that you may have been bitten by an infected tick, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
According to the CDC, an estimated 300,000 people are infected in the Unites States every year, with about 96% of these cases in the northeast and upper midwest. Lyme disease is not something to take likely and BB’s All Natural wants to help make sure it’s never a problem to our customers. Make sure to always check for ticks and to protect yourself against this dangerous disease.