The best medicine is prevention so when recreating outdoors, take a moment to engage in a few simple steps to protect yourself, and even your pet, from Lyme disease carrying ticks and other tick-borne illnesses.
- Cover your body in light colored clothing.
- Use an insect repellant. Don’t forget the hard-to-see areas of the body such as your armpits, groin, and scalp.
- When you’re done with yourself, spray your pet too!
- Take the time to check yourself and your pet for ticks before going back inside.
Dr. Kaplan advises, “If you do notice Lyme-like symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately and ask to be tested. Remember: every individual is unique in their genetic makeup, medical history, and environmental exposures, and each of these factors can affect how Lyme disease manifests in your body. If some of your symptoms persist, even after you have been treated — don’t give up! Be your own advocate – keep asking questions and seeking answers until you find the right treatment options for you.”