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Here are a few things that you should know about ticks and Lyme disease:
Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that can cause severe and long-lasting health issues affecting the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system. Normally found on deer, mice, and other small rodents, deer ticks feed off the blood of their hosts. However, some ticks attach to unsuspecting humans and/or their pets and can transmit Lyme disease.
Ticks are most commonly found outdoors in:
Ways to decrease your risk of tick bites:
What to do if you find a tick on your body or notice a tick bite:
Disinfect the skin and wash your hands thoroughly
The most common symptoms of Lyme disease include:
More severe symptoms of Lyme disease include:
Methods of diagnosis include:
In most cases, Lyme diseases can be treated with antibiotics. However, early recognition and treatment of this disease is important to decrease the risk of serious complications. The duration of tick attachment is important to assess the risk of transmission of illness.
For ticks attached for more than 36 hours the physician may prescribe a prophylactic dose of an antibiotic within 72 hours of the tick removal to decrease your risk of developing Lyme disease. If a blood test confirms Lyme disease the physician may prescribe an antibiotic up to 4 weeks. The faster the diagnosis the quicker and more efficient the treatment will be.
AFC Urgent Care in Phoenixville offers a great option for treatment. All our physicians have practiced for many years in the northeast and are very knowledgeable in the treatment of Lyme disease. We are also open 7 days a week with no appointment necessary to help you with all your medical needs including tick, bee, mosquito and other insect bites!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.