Here’s Exactly What You Should Do If You Have Lyme Disease

Symptoms of acute Lyme disease usually include fever, sweats, chills, fatigue, nausea, joint pain, a bulls-eye rash, and facial drooping

If you suffer from Lyme disease, then you must know how awful it is. It’s a disease you wouldn’t even wish on your worst enemy. Unfortunately, you are more likely to suffer from it now than ever before because of the ever-increasing population of mice, which carry the disease and pass it along to almost 95 percent of deer ticks. Ticks are very small and can make their way into your home quite easily, but you can be smart and try a few tips and tricks to keep them at bay. According to the CDC, you need to keep these ticks out of your lawn by mowing it regularly, placing gravel or wood chips between your¬†lawn and your home, or raising a few chickens, which peck away ticks. If you are considering using a repellent on your skin, make sure it contains at least 20 percent DEET and use 0.5 percent permethrin on your clothing and shoes.

Your course of action will be slightly different if you have already been bitten by a deer tick and it all depends on how long you’ve had the disease. Symptoms of acute Lyme disease usually include¬†fever, sweats, chills, fatigue, nausea, joint pain, a bulls-eye rash, and facial drooping. But almost 50 percent of people with the disease may not experience the rash. If you suspect Lyme disease, whether it is acute or chronic, here’s exactly what you should do in order to increase your chances of successful diagnosis and treatment.

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1. Visit Your Doctor Immediately

(Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but they will carry some type of infection or disease)

If you find a tick attached to your body, don’t try to remove it on your own, unless you are very sure about how to. If you use tweezers, you will risk leaving some part of the insect lodged in your skin, so it is better to have a professional remove it. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but they will carry some type of infection or disease. If you visit your doctor immediately, while the tick is still on your skin, they will be able to identify your risks.

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2. Request A Lyme Disease Test

(If you get bitten by a deer tick and you notice a bulls-eye rash on your skin, then you can request a Lyme disease test)

If you get bitten by a deer tick and you notice a bulls-eye rash on your skin, then you can request a Lyme disease test. You can still request the test even if you don’t have the rash but have other symptoms of the disease. Your doctor may also recommend a course of antibiotics because when antibiotics are given immediately, they are often all you need to prevent Lyme disease from progressing.

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3. Monitor Your Symptoms Carefully

If you develop new symptoms or if your existing symptoms persist or worsen, you have to alert your doctor)

You have to strictly monitor your symptoms regardless of whether your test results came back positive or negative or whether you were prescribed a course of antibiotics or not. If you develop new symptoms or if your existing symptoms persist or worsen, you have to alert your doctor. This is because, sometimes, your test may have been a false-negative or the course of antibiotics may not be working effectively.

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4. See A “Lyme Literate Doctor”

(Doctors who do not specialize in the disease are quick to accept negative test results

In some cases, Lyme tests can be inaccurate and you may continue to experience symptoms like mood problems, poor sleep, joint pain, anxiety, nerve pain, neurological problems, muscle pain, and cognitive impairment. And doctors who do not specialize in the disease are quick to accept the negative test result and may not prescribe a proper treatment. By visiting a Lyme literate doctor, you will be able to treat yourself properly before serious complications occur.

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5. Create A Timeline Of Your Symptoms

Make a list of all the symptoms you've had and how often they flare up

If you did not visit the doctor immediately when you got bitten by a tick, then after a certain point of time, you will not have a rash or the tick that bit you to confirm whether you have Lyme disease or not. Due to which you will need as much information as possible about your symptoms. Make a list of all the symptoms you’ve had and how often they flare up. Also, mention if there is anything in particular that aggravates your symptoms. This will make it more convenient for the doctor to diagnose your condition accurately and treat you accordingly.

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