How to Prevent Lyme Disease

  1. Be aware of the prevalence of tick infestation in your area, especially during the months of May, June and July.
  2. Avoid wooded areas with overgrown grass, brush and leaf piles.
  3. Ticks don’t jump or fly. They crawl onto people when we brush up against them, so stay on the trails.
  4. Wear light colored protective clothing. Tuck your pant legs into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling under your clothing.
  5. Use Permethrin spray or other insect repellent containing a 20-30% DEET concentration on clothes and exposed skin. (Natural sprays like eucalyptus oils can also be effective.)
  6. Avoid strong-smelling perfumes and lotions
  7. Check your clothing daily for ticks that may have attached
  8. Shower within 2 hours after outdoor activity and inspect your entire body for ticks or bites.
  9. Check pets for ticks.
  10. During laundry, dry your clothes in high heat setting.
  11. Remove any ticks from your skin immediately by following these guidelines for proper removal of a tick.
  12. Consult your physician immediately, especially if any signs of a rash or Lyme disease symptoms appear.

Early detection is critical. Lyme experts agree that you should consult a physician if you are experiencing the following:

  1. You were bitten by tick
  2. A rash of any kind, especially a bulls-eye rash
  3. You have more than one symptom (Lyme disease is a multisystemic illness)
  4. Symptoms come and go with good days and bad
  5. Your pain migrates to other areas of your body
  6. Symptoms in women may worsen around menstrual cycle
  7. Symptoms may worsen or improve after each round of antibiotics, but they never go away
  8. The best test for Lyme are IgG and IgM Western Blots test. The best testing lab is IGeneX labs in Palo Alto, CA.

Fleas, Mosquitoes, Bed bugs, Flies. & other insects are now carriers of Lyme disease, Bartonella and Babesia.