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Wake Up To Lyme Campaign Leaflet and Tick Awareness Card: click to download, print and share!
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- Protect yourself from ticks by wearing tick repellent, sticking to well maintained pathways, doing regular tick checks, carrying a tick remover tool, wearing long- sleeved tops and tucking trousers into socks. #WakeUpToLyme
- To check yourself for ticks: Check all outer layers of clothing and gear. Inspect every part of your body including the less visible areas like between the toes, the waistline, groin and behind the ears. Remember, ticks can be as a small as a poppy seed. #WakeUpToLyme
- After visiting an area with ticks, have a shower and put all clothes unwashed in the tumble dryer on the highest heat possible for at least 10 minutes. #WakeUpToLyme
- A popular myth is that if the tick has been attached for less than 24 hours, there is less of a chance that #Lymedisease has been contracted. This is not true. No minimum attachment time to transmit the infection has been established. #WakeUpToLyme
- Remove any embedded ticks as quickly as possible using a tick removal tool or fine-tipped tweezers. #WakeUpToLyme
- Early symptoms of #Lymedisease include a rash, known as erythema migrans (this is diagnostic of Lyme disease but it isn’t always present); Fatigue; Muscle Pain; Joint Pain; Headaches; Fever and Chills; Neck stiffness; Nausea; Digestive Issues. #WakeUpToLyme
- Left untreated, Lyme disease can become extremely serious and lead to complications including cardiac issues, neurological disorders and mobility problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. #WakeUpToLyme
- Lyme disease is a bacterial infection and is treated using antibiotics. #WakeUpToLyme
- If you have been bitten by a tick and have an erythema migrans rash, a blood test is not necessary. Your GP should start treatment for Lyme disease immediately. #WakeUpToLyme
- Blood testing for #Lymedisease is flawed. Lyme needs to be a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and signs. #WakeUpToLyme
- Approximately of Lyme disease patients never experience the erythema migrans ⅓ rash, and even if present can be atypical in nature. #WakeUpToLyme
- If you are prescribed antibiotics for #Lymedisease by your doctor, take the full course even if you start to feel better. #WakeUpToLyme
- #Lymedisease can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms can be varied and fluctuating. Lyme disease also mimics many other conditions. #WakeUpToLyme