We hope Lyme was not a lemon.
Light-colored clothing is preferable, making it easier to spot ticks. Ticks on the skin are often very difficult to spot, both because they may be no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence and because they may have fallen off after biting. If you do find a tick attached to your skin, remove it immediately, pulling it off gently with a pair of tweezers. If you don't have tweezers at hand, use your fingers, but cover them with a tissue. If possible, save the tick and call your local health department for information on where to send it for testing. But don't worry if you don't find the tick on you until you get home-risk is minimal if the tick is removed within 24 hours.
The first warning sign in 60-to-80 percent of Lyme disease cases will be a rim of reddened, but painless, skin around a pale area where the bite occurred. This is the so-called "bulls-eye" rash. To qualify as the rash of Lyme, however, the ring of red must be at least two inches in diameter, and it can become much larger. Later, smaller rings can appear inside it, producing a target-like appearance.
Finally, remember that blood tests for Lyme are not very reliable. Therefore, your doctor will rely much more on your clinical condition and history of exposure in deciding whether and how to treat you.
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|Title Annotation:||Lyme disease prevention|
|Date:||Aug 1, 1991|
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