The Perils Of Summer When Living In The Country
? Actually of every season?
June and July are peak months for tick bites, yet ticks are around all year. Some survive the winter months, and thus one must be vigilant with tick checks. Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient’s county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel, and ticks travel. This creates a dynamic situation with many opportunities for exposure to Lyme disease for each individual.
Ticks (and flea bites) also harm our pets, thus they need to be checked for ticks too. In the recent podcast, I mentioned a couple of pointers regarding Lyme disease, and I want wanted to present some follow-up information in this blog.
According to information from the Global Lyme Alliance: One tick bit can transfer up to 15 infections. This can include Lyme disease, but also other bacteria, parasites and viruses. Transfer of certain infections can happen within 10 minutes, e.g. the Powassan virus, while other infections take longer to be transmitted. The longer a tick is attached, the greater the risk of acquiring multiple infections.
Where are ticks?
Ticks live on tree bark, attach to grasses, crawl on leaves in the fall, and even now roam in short grasses. They are getting more aggressive. Some species, instead of waiting for the new host, will actually crawl towards a new host when they detect Co2 from the breath. This is noted in the small Lone Star tick, which is connected with the meat-eating allergy and various other infections.
Many professionals mistakenly believe that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted when a blacklegged tick has been attached for 24 to 48 hours. This is incorrect.
Did You Know?
- Up to 50% of ticks are infected (this number can be higher in certain areas. In Litchfield County, CT, the number potentially could be as high as 70%.)
- Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite
- Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash.
- The well-known bull?s eye rash (Erythema Migrans) is not as common. However, it is accepted as a diagnostic tool for Lyme disease and the patient will receive antibiotic treatment without further required testing. (Atypical forms of this rash are seen far more commonly.)
- Absence of a rash is poor reasoning for not treating. The ?summer flu? can also be Lyme disease.
- After any bite, monitor your health.
- 24-hour antibiotic treatment will not prevent Lyme disease ? t will only prevent a rash from forming.
As a health practitioner knowledgeable about the above, I suggest to consider botanical or homeopathic supplementation as prophylaxis against other potential pathogens when only using Doxycycline. This can include Artesminin, or Cryptolepsis for parasitic co-infections, or Houytunia for symptoms associated with a Bartonella infection. In an acute setting antibiotic treatment is the first line of treatment for Lyme disease.
NY Integrated Health