Be aware of Lyme Disease risks this spring

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A bullseye-shaped rash is one of the symptoms of Lyme Disease

RESIDENTS and visitors are being warned about the risks of Lyme Disease as they make the most of the spring weather. 

The South West is a high-risk area for tick bites which can lead to Lyme Disease, with several cases having previously been found in Lyme Regis.

There is a risk of ticks bites throughout the year, however, the risk increases from spring through to autumn, especially as more people make the most of the countryside and clifftop walks in the area.

Not all ticks are infected with Lyme Disease. If the tick is infected you may get a circular red rash that spreads out, usually but not always, from the site of the bite, which looks similar to a bullseye. Later, you might feel ill and experience other symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Feeling very tired
  • Fevers or sweats
  • Pains in muscles or joints
  • Numbness or tingling

Lyme Disease can be mild, but it can also be very serious and should always be treated as soon as possible.

To prevent getting infected with Lyme Disease, residents and visitors are advised to keep arms and legs covered particularly when walking in woodland, fields and parks, etc. or anywhere where there is a lot of vegetation.

Insect repellents containing chemicals called DEET or Picardine will help to keep the ticks away. Check for ticks regularly when you are out,  brush off clothing and check pets and flowers, etc. before going inside and check yourselves carefully afterwards.  It is particularly important to check children.

If you find a tick attached to your skin or your pet, remove it as soon as possible using a proper tick remover tool.  Tick removers can be obtained from Pug and Puffin in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Charmouth Pharmacy and the veterinary surgery in Axminster.

Hoteliers and B&B owners are also asked to advise their guests of the risks.

The new NICE Guidelines for Lyme Disease were published this month and can be found at  www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng95. For further information see www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/

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2 Comments

  1. My Wife was diagnosed of Lyme disease four years ago. She was so terribly sick. I think her worst complaint was the severe headache. She I was taken doxycycline hyclate 100 mg as treatment for Lyme disease, twice a day for 21 days. and didn’t seem to be improving. She did not display a rash or any kind of bull’s eye. Diagnosis was from blood test. We tried every shots available but nothing worked.Her Lyme Disease got significantly worse and unbearable because of her cognitive thinking. In 2015, our physician advised we go with natural treatment and was introduced to Natural Herbal Gardens natural organic Lyme Disease Herbal formula, She had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the fever, joint pain, weakness, shortness of breath, and anxiety. and others has subsided. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website ww w. naturalherbalgardens .c om

  2. I was diagnosed of Lyme disease four years ago. I was so terribly sick. I think my worst complaint was the severe headache. I was taken doxycycline hyclate 100 mg as treatment for Lyme disease, twice a day for 21 days. and didn’t seem to be improving. I did not display a rash or any kind of bull’s eye. Diagnosis was from blood test. We tried every shots available but nothing worked. My Lyme Disease got significantly worse and unbearable because of her cognitive thinking. In 2015, our physician advised we go with natural treatment and was introduced to Organic Herbal Clinic natural organic Lyme Disease Herbal formula, I had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the fever, joint pain, weakness, shortness of breath, and anxiety. and others has subsided. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic official website ww w. organicherbalclinic. com

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