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Lyme Disease, Protection And Prevention

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Everyone likes spending time in nature, but it brings a lot of disadvantages with it. Many people visit the doctor because they were bitten by a tick, usually with black legs. Ticks can be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, also called corkscrew-shaped bacteria which is the main cause for the appearance of Lyme disease. The bacteria becomes a part of the tick when they feed on infected animals, mostly wild animals like: rodents, birds or deer.

Ticks usually infect dogs, cats, but also humans. Their bite is painless. That’s how the disease comes into contact with a body and starts spreading. It is a very dangerous disease.

Here Are Some Of The Main Symptoms Lyme Disease Presents:

The symptoms or signs don’t show immediately. It mostly takes several weeks for them to develop, but there are people who start experiencing symptoms after years! They’re quite common, so doctors can often make a mistake and not connect them to a tick infection. They can be different from a person to a person and if the infection isn’t treated, it continues for several years.

These are the earliest symptoms (they usually appear several weeks after the bite):

  • chills or fever
  • skin rash surrounds the area of the bite
  • sore throat
  • nausea
  • symptoms resembling flu
  • headache

These symptoms immerge several months after a bite:

  • extreme fatigue
  • eye pain, blurry vision and eye swelling
  • muscle spasms
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • neck stiffness and severe headaches
  • tingling sensation in the limbs, numbness or shooting pains
  • unexplained chills and night sweating

There are also symptoms which are classified as very severe:

  • abnormal heartbeat
  • memory loss, confusion, brain fog
  • partial body paralysis
  • problems with the sleep, difficulties talking, eating or breathing
  • nervous system disorders that include seizures
  • constant pain in the bones, muscles, joints and tendons

Here Are Some More Information Concerning Ticks:

Ticks that are fully grown resemble a pea. These are usually a part of bushes or tall grass. No matter if an animal or a human passes by that bush or grass, ticks become attached easily. They are usually more active in the period between spring and autumn.

These bugs are small and belong to the group of arachnids, so that’s why they have 8 legs. They feed on the blood of humans or animals.

The bite they cause can go unnoticed, but there are people or animals who develop symptoms of allergy and this bite is deadly for them.

They usually go in the areas of a body which are moist and warm. They start biting and feeding of the blood of their host which causes them to become larger and larger.

The Borrelia then goes deep into the blood of the person or animal infested with a tick. After that, infection starts to develop fast.  

The disease called Lyme disease especially emerges in North America these days, but also southeast Canada as well as the USA.

How Can We Prevent Lyme Disease And Protect Ourselves?

In case you have to make a trip that will include areas with a lot of grass as well as bushes, like forests etc., try to prepare a good protection for yourself:

  • You can spot ticks more easily if you wear clothes which have light colors, like yellow, for example
  • Don’t walk in areas with very tall grass or bushes
  • The socks you’re wearing should be pulled over your pants and you need to wear shoes which close your toes
  • Always apply insect repellents
  • Wear shirts with long sleeves

Whenever you come inside, always take the shower or bathe immediately. In case the tick is still crawling, you’ll remove it with water.

Whenever you’re out with your pet or with your child and you come inside, make a check around their ears, arms, hair as well as their belly button.

Look through your clothes, too. Put them on high heat (in a dryer) to kill any tick that might be crawling.

In Case You Think You Have A Bitten Area:  

If you can spot an attached tick to the skin in a time span of 12 hours, the infection can be prevented. You mustn’t rub the tick or try to crush it! This will leave its sting inside the skin! It also isn’t a good idea to crush it, since the bacteria it carries will be left on your fingers!

The bacteria or poison aby insect carries is in their sting, so you need to make sure to eliminate the tick very carefully.

The best way to do it at home is to use a tweezer. You need to have steady hands. Use the tweezer to grasp the tick as close to the skin as you can.

Don’t jerk or twist the tick! The pulling needs to be done straight out. Otherwise, parts of its mouth can still remain inside your skin.

In case you notice there are still some mouth parts inside the skin, try to eliminate them very slowly, but as much as you can stand.

Use a disinfectant or alcohol so that the bite areas is cleaned. You can also use apple cider vinegar, but it has to be undiluted.

Don’t throw away the tick! Use a sandwich bag to store it. Write the date when you suspect the tick bit you. As soon as you start having some of the mentioned symptoms, take the infested tick to the doctor to perform tests.

According To Tick Experts:

Whenever we try to irritate, rub or smother a tick from our skin, we only irritate it. It only becomes more and more detached because it doesn’t need a lot of oxygen in order to survive. We find it hard to eliminate ticks as they secrete a substance resembling cement which can’t be dissolved easily.

Don’t read everything presented on the Internet! Things like coconut oil, shea butter or Vaseline can only make things worse and not help you. You just need to eliminate the tick well within the first 12 hours of it being detached. In case you can’t do it on your own, visit a doctor immediately! Don’t experiment with your health! A tick can also have numerous other bacteria inside it stomach, besides the spirochetes which cause Lyme disease. Some of them are Bartonella, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesia, etc.

In Case You Already Have Lyme Disease:

Many people claim that cannabis has helped them prevent the painful symptoms.

There are numerous books and studies which can be found discussing about this.

People who suffer from Lyme disease often have a crippling condition known under the name of peripheral neuropathy and cannabis is especially effective against it.

Still, people experience different symptoms and the disease is not the same in everyone. Cannabis can help you sleep better, eliminate the seizures and the pain etc., so it’s worth trying.