lyme disease awareness

5 Ways to Detect Lyme Disease

Earlier this week we shared a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on our Facebook page that found disease cases from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes have tripled in the last 13 years. In this month’s post, we would like to focus on Lyme disease.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Every year 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported in the U.S. and this number is likely higher as it can go undiagnosed in many people. This disease is a tricky one to treat as symptoms vary largely from person to person and some may not even experience symptoms at first. Here are a few things you need to know about Lyme disease and how you can detect it early:

  • Symptoms can take 3 to 30 days to appear – You won’t experience symptoms immediately after a tick bite, so it’s important to keep an eye on the site closely and be aware of how your body is feeling. If something doesn’t feel right, follow your gut and see your doctor to be tested for Lyme disease.
  • A majority of cases have been reported in the Northeast region of the U.S. – If you check out this map, you’ll see that a large majority of cases of Lyme disease were reported by residents in the northeast region of the U.S. from Virginia to Maine.
  • 70% to 80% of people experience a rash – Many people will experience a “bulls-eye” rash at the site of the bite. The rash is typically not itchy or painful and can have a bulls-eye look to it as the rash gets larger. Some people have even seen the rash on other areas of their body where they were not bitten.
  • Symptoms vary greatly across cases – People with Lyme disease have experienced symptoms such as headaches, joint pain or swelling, facial palsy, dizziness, shortness of breath, numbness in the hands or feet, and short-term memory loss. These are symptoms of many other medical conditions as well, but it’s important to get tested for Lyme disease if you are experiencing these symptoms to rule it out.
  • Early detection is key – Many patients who are treated for Lyme disease early recover rapidly and completely. The longer Lyme disease goes undetected symptoms may become more severe and treatment may be more complicated.

Although, it is impossible to completely eliminate the presence of ticks outside there are ways to greatly reduce their presence. Contact Triple S Pest Services today at 703-368-8000 to talk about treatment to prevent and reduce the presence of ticks in your yard. For more information on Lyme disease, read this comprehensive brochure from the CDC.