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Michaeleen Doucleff. The culprit: Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a blacklegged tick. Stephen Reiss for NPR hide caption. Ostfeld has been studying the debilitating tick-borne disease for more than 20 years, and has developed an early warning system based on mice.
For more on that, check out the piece in our sister blog, Goats and Soda. He's not exactly sure which parts of the Northeast will be most affected, but if recent history repeats itself, the risk will be high in New York state and Connecticut, he says, and possibly patches of the mid-Atlantic region.
Our global health team is reporting on the anticipated surge in Lyme disease as part of its series on future pandemics. Lyme disease — which causes flu-like symptoms and arthritis — is spread by blacklegged ticks. They can be as small a a poppy seed. And they Love (Dirt Mix) - Seamus (Imported) - The Heartbreaker, Pt.2 to hang out in the nooks and crannies of the human body.
On the East Coast, most people catch Lyme right around their homes, Kugeler says, not just when they're hiking or camping. So if you live in places with Lyme, she recommends checking your body for ticks every day. Make it part of your daily routine. Don't panicsays Dr. Get out the tweezers. Also, don't put Vaseline or smoke from a cigarette or [a] match on it," Fallon says.
Check the Lyme map. Tick Tock - Muro - Super B Side Breaks you want to figure out if you picked up the tick in an area where Lyme is a problem. The CDC tracks Lyme cases and has detailed statistics — at the county level — about where doctors report cases.
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If the answer is, no, then you can relax. The chance you have Lyme is very, very low. If the answer is, yes, then you want to see how intense Tick Tock - Muro - Super B Side Breaks is in your county. This information will come in handy down at No. Save that tick. If there's a possibility you picked up the tick in an area where Lyme is common, Fallon says, you might want to hold onto the critter so a lab can test it for Lyme. You can also take a picture of the tick and send it to the TickEncounter Resource Center.
Scientists there will help identify the tick and tell you the chance it could have Lyme. Monitor your health. So now comes the big decision: Should you go see a doctor? That depends on two factors: your symptoms and your location. Be on the look-out for any red rash, Fallon says. It doesn't have to Tick Tock - Muro - Super B Side Breaks shaped like a target or bull's eye. It's just red and expanding.
Go see a doctor," Fallon says. The earlier you start taking Schoolverhalen I - Paul van VlietRob van Kreeveld Kwartet* - In Carré the more likely you will recover fully and not have any lingering problems. And while some symptoms persist even when people get treated, "The good news with Lyme is the majority of people who get treatment early do very well," he says.
If you don't have any symptoms, you don't necessarily need to see a doctor, Fallon says. Not all blacklegged ticks have Lyme disease. And after it starts biting you, it takes about 24 to 36 hours to transmit the pathogen into your blood.
So if the tick wasn't on your body very long, you're probably OK. But if you live in a place with a high number of Lyme cases, you might want to check in with a doctor even if you don't have symptoms, Fallon says, especially if you think the tick was on your body for a while. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Don't Tell Me! NPR Shop. But don't panic. We've got tips. Here's What To Do. Public Health. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.
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