Lyme Disease Association of Australia

Prevention


Prevention when outside near bush or grassy areas
  • Wear long sleeve shirts, enclosed shoes, long pants, & tuck the pants into your socks (even though it looks daggy)
  • Spray an insect repellent on your clothes that contains DEET* (make sure you wash your hands and any areas that may have had exposure to the DEET when you return inside, or before you eat)
  • After you come inside, check your clothes, hands, hairline, neck, & behind your ears for ticks (do a tick check).
  • If you find ticks on your clothes, pick them off with tweezers and put them the garbage bin (or keep them in a plastic vial to be tested).
Found a tick already attached to your body?
  • Remove them carefully with long nosed tweezers or pronged tick removers that are designed to go under the body taking out at the head.  It is very critical that you avoid squeezing the tick and it’s toxic contents into your blood stream;
  • Do not cover the tick in methylated spirits, rubbing alcohol, bi-carbonate of soda, Vaseline, any other substance or burn it with a match – this will make the tick release bacteria-containing Lyme disease (as well as other organisms and disease) into your blood stream; and
  • It is important to remember that not all ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Once you have removed a tick, it is important to the observe for symptoms. Should you experience symptoms, please take this Recent Tick Bite treatment advice to your doctor for evaluation: As per Dr Sapi:"Uni of NewHaven states that in vitro studies indicate Doxycycline must be taken to prevent Chronic Lyme disease (if you stress the Borrelia bacteria that cause Lyme Disease and they become cysts which makes it much more difficult to treat) starting with 100mg twice a day, and if tolerated increase to 200mg twice day slowly; and also tinidazole one a day and increase gradually to one three times a day for 6 -12 weeks. It is essential that you also take a good probiotic each day 2 hours after the antibiotics, for the length of the antibiotics, and for an extra two weeks."
  • Alternatively, contact us for a Lyme-aware physician near you.
Further resources
  • A great resource is the Lyme Disease Basics - Personal Prevention from the US Lyme Disease Association, which you can download here.

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