Did That Tick Give Me Lyme?


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Lyme Disease is one of, if not the biggest, vector borne illness in the U.S. This means it is transferred from a vector (the tick) to the victim (the human). Unfortunately for us, Maryland and Virginia are two of the most affected states, but luckily most tick bites don’t even result in the contraction of Lyme. However, some do. How can you know if a tick gave you Lyme Disease?

First Signs:

Immediately after being bitten, you will see a red bump at the site, but this is typical and not indicative of Lyme Disease. In fact, it often goes away within 1-2 days. Within the following days, other signs may begin to emerge. There is a large variety of symptoms, and it's different for every person, however, these are more common.

  • Bulls Eye Rash: This is a rash that will spread from the bite site 3-30 days after being bitten. It will have the appearance of a bulls eye, meaning there will be a red ring surrounding a central red spot. This rash is not itchy or painful.While this is an easy indicator, it doesn't occur for every victim.
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

 Later Signs:

Like many diseases, Lyme can manifest itself differently in every person and you may not notice some of the first symptoms. If this is the case, there are more intense indications that will come with time.

  • Severe joint pain, especially in the knees
  • Paralysis of one side of the face
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Weakened muscle movement

While these signs are all very helpful in the self-diagnoses of Lyme Disease, you shouldn’t wait around to see if you will develop them after a known tick bite. If you have been bit, we highly suggest going to your doctor for a blood test before you have to endure any of the harsher symptoms. The longer you wait after being bitten, the worse the symptoms can be, making treatment more difficult. It is being said that 2017 could be the worst year yet for ticks, so when spending time outdoors, protect yourself from being bitten in the first place. If you don't  want to take these steps every time you go spend time in your yard, ask us about our mosquito and tick control program. If you have questions feel free to contact our highly educated staff and get protected with American Pest.


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