#1: BE AWARE OF WHAT CAN BITE YOU
#2: PROTECT YOURSELF WHILE OUTDOORS (INCLUDING GARDENING)
#3: PERFORM TICK CHECKS
#4: LEARN WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET BIT AND SAVE YOUR TICK FOR TESTING
SEND THE TICK TO THE BAY AREA LYME FOUNDATION FOR TESTING
Bay Area Lyme Foundation test for the following six pathogens:
- Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease
Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes tick-borne relapsing fever
Babesia microti, which causes Babesiosis
Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes anaplasmosis
Ehrlichia chafeensis, which causes human monocytic erhlichiosis
Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
#5: OPTIONS IF YOU HAVE BEEN BIT
Be proactive or take the wait and see approach. Your decision.
Proactive would mean going to see a Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) for consultation. Not your regular MD. Regular MD’s are not educated in Lyme Disease, co-infections and testing. The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and Lymenet.org have a LLMD finder for your area.
Wait and see approach: Most people don’t get a rash but that doesn’t mean you don’t have an infection. Some people get flu-like symptoms. Meaning they get fatigue, stiffness, sleep pattern changes, a fever or irritability. Once the rash and/or flu like symptoms go away that does not mean you do not have an infection. It may mean that the infection is in the dormant stage. If you have a rash you should see an LLMD. If left untreated Lyme will become chronic and problems will develop later in life.
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