Summer Season + Lyme Disease - Part 2
Dear Longevity Insider,
During your summer fun, watch out for Lyme disease!
Lyme disease is found in all 50 states, but most cases occur in the Northeast and upper Midwest. In general, the risk of Lyme disease is highest from April through October, when ticks are most active.
Know the signs: Most people who are infected with Lyme disease will develop a characteristic bull’s-eye rash. The rash typically appears 3-30 days after the tick bite and is often the first sign of infection. The rash may appear as a single red spot or may be multiple spots that form a bull’s-eye pattern. While the rash is usually not painful or itchy, it can be. Other symptoms include headaches, fatigue, swollen knees, and fatigue.
Tips to Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease this Summer
Lyme disease is a serious health concern, and it is important to take steps to protect yourself from exposure. Below we have included a number of different tips to help you prevent Lyme disease this summer.
Avoid Contact With Ticks
This can be done by avoiding areas where ticks are commonly found, such as tall grasses and woods. If you must go into an area where ticks are present, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Wearing long pants and long sleeves will help to prevent ticks from getting access to your skin. You can also use insect repellent on your skin and clothing. Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully.
Check Yourself for Ticks Immediately
Ticks are often small and hard to see. So, it’s important to check your body for ticks after spending time outdoors. Be sure to check all of the places where ticks could hide, such as the scalp, armpits, and groin. If you find a tick on your body, remove it immediately. Even if you do not have a tick, check again within 24 hours to be sure. If possible, have someone to assist you for hard to see places such as the back of your scalp, back, behind your knees, etc. Adolescent ticks are especially small, so it’s important to be thorough when checking for them.
Get Treatment Early
If you know or think you’ve been bitten by a tick, see a doctor right away. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, and can be cured if treated early. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. The earlier you get treatment, the better.
Lyme disease is a serious health concern, and it can be complicated by a number of different factors. Lyme disease is often difficult to diagnose because it can mimic other illnesses. This can make it tricky for doctors to determine the best course of treatment. Lyme disease is also notoriously difficult to treat. Many people with Lyme disease never fully recover, even with treatment. This can lead to chronic pain, fatigue, and neurological problems. Lyme disease can also have a serious impact on mental health, leading to anxiety and depression.
However, that does not have to be the case. In my experience, many patients get well only when multiple factors are addressed such as immune dysfunction, mitochondrial dysfunction, autoimmune conditions, and more. In my clinical experience, a functional medicine approach is often necessary to achieve lasting results for those suffering from Lyme disease. To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD