Tick season is approaching, how to protect yourself

September 13, 2019 posted by


THERE HAS ALSO BEEN ONE CONFIRMED WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTION IN MASSACHUSETTS. CIARA: THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF TRIPLE- E IN MASSACHUSETTS AND 1 WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTION. AND THERE’S ONE OTHER INSECT BORNE ILLNESS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. 22NEWS REPORTER SYDNEY SNOW IS LIVE TO EXPLAINS HOW LYME DISEASE IS STILL A RISK. SYDNEY SNOW: JUST LIKE MOSQUITOS, TICKS WILL BE AROUND INTO NOVEMEBER SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO PROTECT YOURSELF. PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS IN THE SUMMER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NICE WEATHER. AND IT’S GENERALLY STILL NICE OUTSIDE IN THE FALL. WHILE MOST PEOPLE DO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MOSQUIOTS.. THEY MIGHT NEGLECT TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TICK BITES… WHICH CAN LEAD TO LYME DISEASE. LYME DISEASE CAN BE SEVERE IF IT’S NOT DIAGNOSED RIGHT AWAY, BUT DOCTORS CAN HELP YOU ONCE THEY IDENTIFY IT. DR. IRA HELFAND – FAMILY CARE MEDICAL CENTER IT’S ACTUALLY VERY EASY TO TREAT AND IT’S NOT BIG DEAL YOU JUST TAKE ANTIBIOTICS FOR A FEW WEEKS AND YOU’RE FINE. YOU’RE CURED. BUT IF YOU MISS THE DIAGNOSIS INITIALLY THEN PEOPLE GO ON TO GET MORE COMPLICATED INFECTION. SYDNEY: TYPICAL SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE INCLUDE FEVER, HEADACHE, FATIGUE, AND A SKIN RASH. IF LEFT UNTREATED, INFECTION CAN SPREAD TO YOUR JOINTS, HEART, AND NERVOUS SYSTEM SYDNEY SNOW: IT’S IMPORTANT TO WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS WHEN OUTSIDE… CHECK YOURSELF FOR TICKS ONCE YOU’VE COME INDOORS.

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