Connecticut, as much of New England, is known as “Lyme Disease Corridor”.  This time of year especially,  deer ticks, the ticks that carries Lyme Disease, are very common in Connecticut and are often a real threat. Knowing what to do if you get bit by a deer tick is important. Most tick bites don’t expose people to Lyme disease, but deer ticks (also found other animals in New England) do. Deer ticks are quite small, a fraction of the size of other ticks, but don’t let their small size fool you. Their bite can be debilitating. So, have you been bit by a Deer Tick?

How do I know if Ive been bitten by a Deer Tick?

If you have discovered a tick on your person, you must first determine if it was a deer tick. Deer ticks are for the most part much smaller than all other ticks.

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Watch for symptoms such as fatigue, joint aches and pains, and a target shaped rash that forms around the bite area, and low-grade fevers or chills.

If you or your child get bit by a tick, treat the area with rubbing alcohol,  remove it and bring it into your doctor’s office or into one of our urgent care centers.

It can be  difficult for  non-medically trained people to extract the entire tick, and since it is vital that you remove the entire tick, we recommended people bitten by ticks go to a trained doctor or an Urgent Care center within the first 24 hours after being bit to extract the tick completely, especially here in the northeast.

The longer the tick remains embedded the higher the chances of contracting Lyme Disease. Don’t put off getting checked.

So what is Lyme Disease, and how is it diagnosed?

Lyme Disease is a bacterial illness that is spread by tick bites. It often develops in stages, with the early stage beginning at the site of the tick bite with an expanding ring of redness visible on the surface of the skin. In latter stages, it can affect the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system. It can also be very hard to treat.

Lyme disease is diagnosed based on the patient’s clinical signs of illness and the detection of antibodies to the causative bacteria in the blood.

How is Lyme Disease Treated?

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics, usually oral antibiotics. In general, recovery will be quicker and more complete the sooner treatment begins, during the earlier stages of the illness. This is why it is so important that you visit a medical professional immediately after learning that you have have been bit by a tick. If the disease has attacked the central nervous system, often times, doctors will recommend a series of intravenous antibiotics. This is not always the case, and can in large part be avoided if medical attention begins immediately.

 

Lyme disease is very serious. If you believe that you or a loved one has been bit by a tick or deer tick please visit Urgent Care Vernon at 179 Talcottville Rd, Vernon, CT 06066 . We are also open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm. We are staffed by licensed professionals, and we accept most insurances.