Safety: Guide to lyme disease

  • After removal, apply an antiseptic such as alcohol or an antibiotic ointment.
  • Do not apply mineral oil, petroleum jelly, heat, or anything else to remove the tick as this may cause it to inject the spirochetes into the wound.

In many areas your local health department can help you get the tick identified. If the tick is identified as a deer tick or western black-legged tick, notify your doctor. Treatment just for the tick bite is not usually recommended, although in some cases, such as during pregnancy antibiotics may be recommended even in the absence of symptoms.

Remember: you can be bitten without your knowledge particularly by the tiny nymphal tick. Therefore, it is important to contact your physician if you think you might have Lyme disease.

Vaccine

Clinical trials are now underway on a vaccine which. if successful, may be available by 1996.


Produced by the:
American Lyme Disease Foundation. Inc.
in association with the Centers for Disease Control.
This brochure was funded by Grant # U50/CCU206603-04 from the CDC.

For further information on Lyme disease or other tick borne diseases contact:

American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.
Mill Pond Offices
293 Route 100
Somers. New York 10589
Tel: (914) 277-6970 - (800) 876-LYME - Fax: (914) 277-6974

 


Reprinted with permission of the American Lyme Disease Foundation. Inc.
in association with the Centers for Disease Control.

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