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Beware the Bloodsuckers

Ticks transfer dangerous diseases through their bites, including Lyme disease. Are you safe?

A hike in the woods, camping in the mountains, or hunting in tall grass are prime opportunities for tiny creatures to hitchhike on your shoe, crawl up your leg, and find a nice spot to feast on your blood. Ticks are found around the world and thrive in humid environments, especially where there are lots of trees, bushes, leaf piles, and tall grass. Most tick bites are relatively harmless. Some ticks, however, carry diseases like Lyme disease that they transfer to their host.

How can you know if you've been bitten by an infected tick? Can Lyme disease be treated? What's your long-term prognosis? Here is one answer at a time to put you at ease.

Once Bitten

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans from back-legged ticks infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Ticks get the bacteria from biting an infected deer, mouse, raccoon, fox, squirrel, skunk, or weasel. You're more likely to get bitten by a tick in its nymph stage, when it's smallest in size (less than two millimeters in diameter) during the spring and summer months. Ticks will bite their host anywhere, but like to hide in areas like your hair, groin, or armpits. The longer a tick bites you, the greater your chance of contracting Lyme disease.

Fortunately, you can't catch Lyme disease from someone else, from eating infected meat, through the water, via a mosquito bite, or from your pet. Unfortunately, the number of cases of Lyme disease is increasing, with cases being reported in the United States (particularly the North East), Asia, South America, and Europe.

A Lyme Experience

You may or may not experience symptoms following a bite from an uninfected tick. If you're allergic to its bite, you may have pain, itching, and swelling at the site of the tick bite, a burning sensation, rash, or blisters.

If an infected tick has been on you long enough to transmit Lyme disease (usually three to four days), you'll develop characteristic symptoms that range in severity from person to person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash. The rash, called an erythem migrans (EM), can be as small as a dime or cover a large part of your body and often appears in an expanding bull's-eye shape.

Without prompt treatment, the infection begins to spread throughout the body causing additional EM rashes, loss of facial muscle tone, meningitis, painful joints (especially the knees), memory loss, and heart conditions. Within a few months, these symptoms may resolve on their own without treatment, though approximately 6 of 10 people will continue to suffer with arthritic symptoms or neurological conditions for years after being bit by a single tick.

Even after proper treatment, as high as 20 percent of people with Lyme disease have ongoing health problems. This condition, known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, is thought to be an autoimmune response to the infection.

Beat It Fast

If you've been bit by a tick recently and experience any of the symptoms listed above, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. In most cases, a two- to four-week round of antibiotics during the early stages of the disease lead to a quick and full recovery. The earlier you start antibiotics the better your chances of recovery.

Even Better—Avoidance

A vaccine for Lyme disease was approved in the late 1990s, but was taken off the market due to lack of popularity. So, the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to keep ticks away in the first place. When in wooded or grassy areas, spray insect repellant containing DEET on your clothes and shoes and tuck your pant legs into your socks or shoes. Wear long sleeves and long pants that are light in color so you can see if ticks are on you. Keep the grass in your yard cut short and walk in the middle of the trail when hiking. After being outdoors, check yourself, your kids, and your pets for ticks.