Lyme Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning people that Lyme disease is on the rise as the temperature and humidity go up as well.

The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks that attach themselves for 24-48 hours.

Telltale symptoms include a bull’s eye rash along with fever, headache and fatigue.

“If Lyme stays untreated for some time it could cause joint aches and pains arthritis or swelling of the joints, heart problems nerve problems does affect different organ systems,” said Dr. Rohini Baht.

Doctor Baht says there are a few things you can do to avoid getting bitten.

“If you’re going to be in a wooded area or if you’re going to be in a grassy area then try and wear longer sleeved clothing you know sometimes that can prevent ticks from attaching on to you right away and bug spray helps but you do need bug spray that has deet in it 20-30% of deet for it to have any kind of effect on the ticks,” said Dr. Baht.

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