Lyme Disease is Back This Time of the Year
A bite from a deer tick that carries the organism that causes lyme disease is at the highest ever in the Mid-Atlantic area. So, if you are out doors whether for work or recreation, you are at risk.
What to look for? Typically, a red rash (bull’s eye), fever, fatigue, headache. How is it diagnosed? An examination, review of a history of a tick bite and blood test. Not everyone gets the bull’s eye rash!
What are treatment options? Oral antibiotics are necessary for several weeks is necessary.
Don’t wait to get treatment. Those that wait can end up with a life long chronic arthritis that is preventable by an early visit to a podiatric physician when the symptoms appear on the lower leg, ankle or foot.
Best preventative options: use insect repellent, wear protective clothes and boots, shower if exposed and wash and dry suspected exposed clothing at high temperatures.
David J. Freedman is the Vice President of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.
Dr. Freedman’s office is conveniently located off Georgia Avenue, adjacent to the Leisure World Shopping Center.
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