July 9, 2012
Whether going on your daily walk or just spending time outside, doctors say you could be putting yourself at risk for a certain disease. In this week's What's Going Around we're focusing on Lyme disease which can be brought on after getting a tick bite.
Dr. Michael Sty of Spring Creek Family Medicine is providing our medical information.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash within the first month of the tick bite, fever, fatigue, body aches and enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. It can progress into numbness in hands and feet. Symptoms can last for weeks to years after getting the tick bite.
Lyme disease is most likely to occur in late spring and into early fall.
When it comes to treatment, Dr. Sty recommends using antibiotic therapy to eliminate symptoms and prevent progression of Lyme disease and curing the infection.
Sty says the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to wear protective clothes in the woods, use tick repellant and to inspect your clothing and skin before going back inside.
Dr. Sty warns patients that it is possible to get Lyme disease more than once even after treatment.