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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 20, 2018 / PRNewswire-USNewswire / – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, infectious disease physician John Goldman, MD, has seen his share of patients with Lyme disease. His experience has taught him that the sooner Lyme is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
"The most important thing about Lyme is to be aware of it," says Dr. Goldman.
Therefore Dr. Goldman partners with the Pennsylvania Medical Society's "Building Healthy Communities" public health initiative to raise awareness of what the Pennsylvanians can do to avoid becoming the next statistics.
Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, which infect people into the skin by burial. The season of ticks normally peaks when the weather warms, so June and July are the main months.
Pennsylvania is the breeding ground for Lyme. Almost a quarter of all cases of Lyme disease in the US take place in Keystone State. Between 201
How to Avoid Lyme
Dr. Goldman offers these simple tips:
Avoiding tick-borne habitats
Preventing ticks by putting on trousers in socks, using insect repellents, wearing light-colored clothing, and staying in the middle of paths while walking on grassy paths.
Perform daily tick-checks.
"Daily checks are important because a tick needs to be applied for 24 hours to transmit Lyme disease," Dr. Goldman.
When performing a tick-check, you need to look all over your body to see if any ticks are attached and peel them off. If you remove a check mark, Dr. Goldman, that you should pull it off with long tweezers.
"It will eventually fail," says Dr. Goldman. "Since you have separated the head of the tick from his stomach, he will not expose you to Lyme disease."
You should not burn or suffocate the tick, says dr. Goldman.
"Unfortunately, the tick makes you stressed," he explains. "When ticks get stressed, they puke and throw themselves in. Most Lyme disease is in the intestine of the tick, and if you kick your teeth, you're probably putting more Lyme bacteria in you."
About Half of Lyme disease victims do not remember being bitten by a tick Goldman. Since treating the disease early leads to better results, it is important to immediately recognize the symptoms of Lyme and see a doctor.
Early warning signs within the first 30 days include rash, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. Other longer-term signs include nerve pain, arthritis and palpitations.
Stages of Lyme Disease
Dr. Goldman says there are three stages of Lyme disease – acute, early and late.
Signs that you have acute Lyme disease are the classic bulls-eye rash or unexplained fever, Dr. Goldman.
If you have Lyme disease early, Dr. Goldman says you have bullet rash all over your body, as well as a headache, a stiff neck, or joint pain.
The most feared stage is Late Stage Lyme. Dr. Goldman says Late Stage Lyme often causes swelling in the hips, knees or other large joints. It also leads to short-term memory loss or depression.
Learn more on the Pennsylvania Medical Society website at www.pamedsoc.org/Lyme.
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