About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is the number one tick-borne illness in the world and is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease. Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of a tick and can cause mild, moderate or severe symptoms and, if left untreated, can be fatal.
Signs & Symptoms
Lyme (Borrelia) bacteria can affect any organ in the body. It is a multi-systemic infection, therefore it can affect people differently and produce an array of symptoms. It has been labelled "The Great Imitator" due to its ability to mimic other diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus and other Auto-immune diseases.
Read about the 3 stages of Lyme Disease
If you find a tick attached to your skin, there is no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively.
Life Cycle of the Tick including how to safely remove a tick
The best form of prevention is avoiding tick bites.
- When in the bush or grassy areas wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Tuck pants into socks
- Wear light coloured clothing
- Check your clothes for ticks
- Shower and check your body for ticks.
Ticks are often referred to as "nature’s dirty needles". They are also able to transmit other serious infections along with Lyme. These are called Co-infections and include Bartonella, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Rickettsia and Tularemia.