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Let's talk about ticks. Ugh, my head is itchy just thinking about it. I'm going to go take a shower now.
Okay, I'm back. Just thinking about ticks gives me the heebie jeebies. But I've got to write about them (and compulsively scratch myself all the while) because I've learned some things about ticks and Lyme disease that I didn't know two weeks ago.
We just got the test results back. My little guy has Lyme disease and is on a course of antibiotics for it. Which means it's likely that there's a tick somewhere in my house.
Summer is in full swing and so is Lyme Disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25,000 to 30,000 cases of the infection are reported annually. Ick! And with your little dudes playing outside, infection is a real risk.Symptoms can often be mistaken for other common illnesses, like a cold or flu, and the telltale bulls-eye rash is only present in 20-30% of the cases. To make matters worse, tests aren’t always accurate because it takes 4-6 weeks post infection for your body to crank out enough antibodies to be detectable. Sigh....more
The days are hot and many of us are enjoying taking off into the great outdoors with our families. To see what we could do to remain healthy while frolicking out in the sun, I got in touch with the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance -- after all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease and the most common tick-borne disease in the country, with the highest infection rates affecting children between two and 14 years of age.
My girlfriend and I took our two dogs and my two girls for a walk in
the woods. It was a gloriously warm, but crisp Fall day. When we
returned home we all felt a little itchy… We quickly found a tick on my
youngest daughter. (In fact, I feel itchy just thinking about it). Next
thing I knew we were all taking off our pants in the driveway because
each had about a half-dozen ticks, and many more on each of the two
dogs! We decided not to pick the ticks off and just drop them onto the
driveway because they would jump right back on us.