Ticks & Lyme Disease
02 sie 2019

Blog written by our Customer Service Manager about her husbands recent tick bite.

Yesterday my husband went out for a run in the forest and after having a shower discovered a tick attached to his leg. We knew nothing about what to do or how to remove it. Then later in the day we also heard a news report on TV about how tick bites and Lyme disease cases are on the rise.

The pictures below show the tick in my husbands leg and when we had removed it.

What are Ticks?

Ticks are small spider like creatures that live in wooded areas with long grass, they are found all over the UK.

They do not jump or fly but attach to humans/animals as they brush past. When the tick bites it feeds on the blood for a few days before dropping off.

How to identify and remove a tick

You may not notice you have a bite as they are not painful bites, it is important to check your skin, children and pets after being outdoors. If you notice a tick on the skin, it should be removed safely as soon as possible.

To remove a tick safely

·       Use fine tweezers or tick removal tool.

·       Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.

·       Slowly pull upwards, taking care not to squeeze or crush the tick. Dispose of the tick  once removed.

·       Clean the bite with antiseptic or soap and water.

Seek medical advice if

·       You have been bitten by a tick or visited an area in the past month where infected ticks have been found.

·       If you develop flu like symptoms

·       Develop a circular rash (bulls eye rash)

Lyme disease

Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose and there is not always an obvious rash. Your GP will do a blood test, but this is not always accurate in the early stages of Lyme disease. If your symptoms carry on you may need to be retested.

If the GP thinks you have Lyme disease a course of anti-biotics will be prescribed, the course must be finished. Most people feel better after anti biotic treatment but if symptoms last a long time after treatment you may be referred to the hospital for further blood tests and advice.

How to avoid or reduce the risk of tick bites

·       Tuck trousers in socks when walking in the outdoors

·       Use repellent

·       Stick to paths when possible

·       Wear light coloured clothing so you can spot ticks more easily


Useful links

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insect-bites-and-stings/

https://ebisuhealth.co.uk/