Lime Disease Fun Facts:
- An infection, named in 1975.
- Earth warming has increased tick populations and suitable living environments. Reported cases of Lime disease are way up in the US.
- Symptoms of Lyme disease vary greatly in type and severity. From fatigue and joint pain to various central nervous system disorders. They can be immediate and can reoccur or present decades later.
- Incurable. A questionable (tho profitable) vaccine was removed from the market in 2002 because of side effects. Symptom management seems to be the approach, sometimes ongoing.
- Current treatment involves antibiotics. Early detection is critical to stop the disease from gaining a “foothold” within you. Because it presents in many different ways, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed.
Last year, two states only (Hawaii, Oklahoma) had no reported cases. The following states have high and a annually increased risks of infection. (CDC)
New England (all)
Clothing…some people isolate the clothing they use in the woods from the rest of their lives.
Skin…Picaridin and DEET are used.
Inspection…a careful self or otherwise body inspection after woods exposure is advisable. A metal flea comb for pets works well in your hair and scalp. They can fall on you from above, from trees.