Lyme Disease Prevention

We have all our test results back, we’re comfortable with the information our LLMD explained to us. we have all started our parasite and some of the herbal Lyme treatment, and things are good.  Our household is very different than it was a month ago, and I’m so happy about it.  We have made changes (for the better) for the sake of our health and recovery.  We are GFCFSF, we use glass storage containers, non-toxic cleaning supplies, supplements to support our deficiencies, epsom salt/baking soda baths, and taking precautions not to be bitten by another tick…ever.  I really hope all you out there are more informed about the major health and economic pitfalls that come with a tick bite and Lyme Disease.  I wouldn’t wish Lyme Disease (or any disease, of course:) upon anybody.  Lyme Disease is particularly horrible because of the political, unsupportive nature of our medical community.

Here is another article about the prevalence of ticks this spring/summer.  It mentions mainly the East Coast, but really, this is not only an East Coast problem.  Whenever I see a grassy, bushy, unkempt, forest-like setting, my mind flashes to little, ticks everywhere, hanging out on tall blades of grass, bushes or trees, waiting for it’s accessory to walk by to latch on.

http://articles.mcall.com/2012-04-02/sports/mc-lyme-disease-prevention-04022012-20120402_1_lyme-disease-black-legged-ticks-adult-ticks

If you do go hiking, camping, or out in nature:

  • Wear long pants and sleeves. When walking in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants tucked into your socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and gloves. Try to stick to trails and avoid walking through low bushes and long grass. Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Use insect repellents. Apply an insect repellent with a 10 to 30 percent concentration of DEET to your skin and clothing. Choose the concentration based on the hours of protection you need — the higher the concentration of DEET, the longer you are protected. A 10 percent concentration protects you for about two hours. Keep in mind that chemical repellents can be toxic, and use only the amount needed for the time you’ll be outdoors. Don’t use DEET on the hands of young children or on infants younger than age 2 months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oil of lemon eucalyptus, a more natural product, offers the same protection as DEET when used in similar concentrations. Don’t use this product on children younger than 3 years.
  • Do your best to tick-proof your yard. Clear brush and leaves where ticks live. Keep woodpiles in sunny areas.
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Be especially vigilant after spending time in wooded or grassy areas. Deer ticks are often no bigger than the head of a pin, so you may not discover them unless you search carefully. It’s helpful to shower as soon as you come indoors. Ticks often remain on your skin for hours before attaching themselves. Showering and using a washcloth may be enough to remove any unattached ticks.
  • Don’t assume you’re immune. Even if you’ve had Lyme disease before, you can get it again.
  • Remove a tick with tweezers. Gently grasp the tick near its head or mouth. Don’t squeeze or crush the tick, but pull carefully and steadily. Once you’ve removed the entire tick, dispose of it and apply antiseptic to the bite area.

 

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