Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease.

A Bacterial infection caused by infected Ticks. Ticks look like small tiny spider creatures.Untitled4

In the early days (3 to 30 days) after being bitten a circular rash may appear, the rash looks like a bull’s eye or target. The size of the rash can vary from a couple of centimeters to a couple of inches, and not every casualty will get the rash.

Other signs of Lyme disease include Flu like symptoms including muscle and joint pain, headaches, fever, and tiredness.

Lyme disease can be treated easily if diagnosed in the early stages.

In the later stages of Lyme disease which can occur weeks, months or years after being bitten the symptoms can become worse and cause longer lasting problems.

These include problems with the nerves including

– numbness, and paralysis to the face muscles

– memory and concentration problems.

-swollen and painful joints

-heart problems

-infection to the membranes of the brain.

A visit to the GP is needed if the casualty or yourself have any symptoms of Lyme disease or you think you have been bitten. The treatment for Lyme disease is a course of antibiotics if symptoms are severe, injected antibiotics maybe needed.

To remove a tick, take a pair of tweezers and pull the tick slowly away from the skin, DO NOT crush or twist the tick. Once the tick has been removed wash the affected area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic and see the GP.

Do not use a match or cigarette or alcohol to remove the tick. You can buy a tick remover which works for humans and animals from our website using the following link