May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month; learn how one bite can change a life forever

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

You may have heard about the prevalence and risks associated with Lyme Disease on the  6 o’clock news. You may have even experienced the disease first-hand by association, from a friend or family member who has contracted the disease. Or maybe you, yourself, have had, or still suffer from Lyme Disease. Whatever the case, Lyme Disease is a disease that is not to be taken lightly.

Lyme Disease is the 6th highest notable disease in North America and is on the rise. Maryland is no stranger to this dangerous tick-borne illness. Statistically, 95% of all Lyme disease cases reported have spawned from 13 US states, Maryland is among these 13 states. In order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the risk of coming into contact with a tick carrying the disease it is important  to exercise tick safe practices in conjunction with an effective tick control and prevention program: like the effective tick control and prevention program we offer at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

One tiny tick can mean big trouble!

One tiny tick can mean big trouble!

Each year, more than 30,000 Americans contract Lyme Disease. This illness can have lifelong effects on its victims and can even cause what is referred to as Chronic Lyme Disease. Symptoms from Lyme Disease usually become apparent 3-30 days following the bite of an infected tick. In some cases the symptoms are so mild those infected hardly take notice that something is wrong. Some people may have the well-known bulls-eye rash associated with Lyme Disease. This bulls-eye rash called erythema migrans, expands in a red circle at the site where the tick was attached. Other symptoms of Lyme Disease include fever, headache, muscle or joint pain. Many of those infected will experience a fever and flu-like symptoms without a rash. Other symptoms such as joint pain, rashes on other parts of the body or inflammation of the heart or nerves can occur. If the disease is not treated, some patients may experience additional symptoms such as inflammation and excessive joint pain (Arthritis), neurological disorders and mental changes months after being infected.

The prognosis for those infected with Lyme Disease is good if the disease is detected and diagnosed early. Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of the disease usually recover rapidly and completely. The longer the disease goes untreated the greater the risk of suffering from acute symptoms that can persist for years. This is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome also referred to as Chronic Lyme Disease. Chronic Lyme Disease can continue for years, even following repeated courses of antibiotics. In these cases Lyme Disease can greatly affect your day-to-day activities and your quality of life as a whole.

It is hard to fathom that such a tiny insect can cause such a big disease, and big problems in many cases for patients whose lives have been greatly affected by the disease. Here is an excerpt from the Academy Award semifinalist, Under Our Skin, which exposes the controversy surrounding the growing and hidden epidemic that is Chronic Lyme Disease.

Our goal is to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a tick in the first place, because that tick could potentially be harboring a tick-borne illness such as Lyme Disease. Reducing your exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme Disease. We specialize in a tick prevention and control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our safe and effective barrier sprays eliminate adult ticks. Our barrier spray is also used in conjunction with our tick tube program that targets the nymph tick. Tick tubes can decrease the chances of encountering a Lyme infected tick on your property.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

The problem of Lyme Disease is large, but the solution to reducing your risk of contraction of the disease is simple – prevention and control.

Contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery today to learn more•  (301) 444-5566 • email:westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

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