It's that time of the year again when things warm up and Deer Ticks decide that we make a good meal. This would only be a minor inconvenience, at worst leaving you with a case of the heebie-jeebies, if it weren't for the fact that these little blood suckers carry and transmit Lyme Disease.
I recommend taking precautions to avoid getting Lyme Disease. I've had it a few times and it's no fun. As a matter of fact, it comes with some serious symptoms, such as:
- Rash. You may develop a small red bump initially and it may be warm to the touch and mildly tender. It may then form a rash as small as 1/4 inch or as large as 12 inches (30 centimeters) in diameter. This type of rash is most often identified as a "bull's-eye" rash having a red ring around a clear area with a red center. This rash only affects about 70 percent to 80 percent of people infected with Lyme disease. I've had Lyme Disease four times, and only once have I had the "bulls-eye" rash.
- Flu-like symptoms. A fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.
- Migratory joint pain. If the infection is not treated, you may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling several weeks to months after you're infected. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
- Neurological problems. In some cases, inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement may occur weeks, months or even years after an untreated infection. Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and changes in mood or sleep habits also can be symptoms of late-stage Lyme disease.
- Less common signs and symptoms. Some people may experience heart problems — such as an irregular heartbeat — several weeks after infection, but this rarely lasts more than a few days or weeks. Eye inflammation, hepatitis and severe fatigue are possible as well.
If left untreated Lyme disease can become a serious and life threatening.
One product I've had great success with keeping Deer Ticks off of me is Sawyer Permethrin - Clothing Insect Repellent.
- 6 OZ. Pump N' Spray
- Odorless Permethrin
- Repels & Kills Mosquitoes, Chiggers, Mites & Ticks, Including Ticks Which Carry Lyme Disease & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- A Treatment For Clothing. Do Not Apply To Skin
- Effective Through 6 Washings