I don’t know about you, but spring weather came in heavy where I live. As expected, people took to the streets and trails after a long winter.
You may have pulled out your hiking boots and walking shoes looking to get a jumpstart on the season. The trails still haven’t filled up yet, and you’ll be able to move at your own pace.
Of course, you may have to share the trails with some unwanted company: ticks.
Lyme disease has become more commonplace as ticks have become further displaced. They are found in many parks and forests in North America, even in urban parks.
When ticks bite and burrow inside you, you are at very high risk for Lyme disease. Lyme disease can lead to extreme fatigue, joint and muscle aches, fever, chills, and more. It can steal your ability to get out and be active and cause serious strain on your life.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to stay covered. If you enjoy hiking, limit exposed skin. There are lightweight pants and shirts that help you stay cool and protected, while socks can keep your ankles from exposure.
Avoiding dense high grass and other brush can also help reduce the risk.
Give yourself a full inspection upon returning home. Examine your arms, legs, and neck, then shower to give yourself a wash. If you are bit by a tick or find one on your body, the faster it’s removed, the better.
A bulls-eye rash will generally indicate a tick bite.
Also, if you have a dog, remember to check them for ticks, as well. They can carry ticks into your home from outside and put you at risk for a bite.
Stay safe so you can keep active and enjoy the season. If you find evidence of a bite, get to your doctor immediately.