Watch Out for Lyme Disease This Summer
With the summer fast approaching, and global warming clearly already taking its toll with unseasonably warm temperatures already, there are a number of different dermatological issues to look out for. Aside from the obvious issues like sunburn, UV radiation, and skin discolorations, according to Dr. Eric Treiber of Treiber Dermatology, the top dermatologist Rye has to offer, Lyme disease is something we all need to watch out for. According to research, this June and July, will be the highest risk months of record for patients to contract Lyme disease across the US, with New York having some of the highest projected rates of all. As the top dermatologist Rye has in practice, DR. ERIC TREIBER must be vigilant, as the majority of such cases will be in central and northern New York. However, despite the high risk within New York state, and the likelihood of there being a lot of cases, many across the state and even the country are still relatively uneducated about this disease. Learn more about Lyme disease by reading on below.
Lyme disease is a common infection which is caused by bacterium called borrelia burgdorferi. The main method for which this bacterium is spread however, is through an infection from the bite of an insect known as a deer tick. Despite their being somewhat rare, according to DR. ERIC TREIBER, the team at Treiber Dermatology will encounter many of them over the summer months – as they are more so in rural areas and densely wooded areas. As the top dermatologist Rye has in practice, DR. TREIBER believes the best course of treatment for any patient with Lyme disease is early detection, as when the condition is left untreated, it will affect many organs and parts of the body. Some of the most common areas of the body affected by Lyme disease include:
· The Skin
· The Nervous System
· Muscle Tissue
The most vital thing to understand is that while early detection patients have a positive prognosis, it is still best to try and avoid Lyme disease the best you can – as many patients may even carry lifelong symptoms. To better help you and your loved ones be safe, here are a few important safety tips to follow.
· Limit Exposure
The best way to stay safe is to limit the possibility to be exposed to any tick bites. The deer ticks are known to live in wooded, grassy, heavily forested or even somewhat forested areas. Try to avoid these types of areas as much as possible, especially during the night. It is also important to trim bushes, hedges and grass at home as well. Also, wear long sleeves and pants as much as you can.
· Apply Repellent
Using DEET insect repellents or permethrin spray, both on your skin and on your clothes can help to keep them away.
· Inspect the Body
Check out your skin daily, up and down – including all crevices, underarms, groin and even the hairline and beneath your hair. Ticks can take up to 24 hours to actually transmit the disease, therefore the more you check the better. Also be sure to check your pets as well.
· Early Infection Signs
Look out for a rash, migraines, a red bulls-eye looking lesion, muscle soreness, fever, chills, and more. These are all early signs and symptoms for Lyme disease, especially during the early onset period.
For more information on treating Lyme disease, be sure to contact TREIBER DERMATOLOGY today.