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Lyme Disease - What You Need To Know

Lyme Disease has been in the news again this week, with some stark warnings about the numbers of people expected to be diagnosed in the UK this year. Caught quickly, Lyme can be easily treated - but if not, it can cause serious, permanent damage to joints and the nervous system.

There's never been a better time to learn how to protect yourself and what signs to look for, so here are some top tips from Lyme Disease UK:

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, which is passed on through being bitten by an infected tick.

Where are ticks found?

All over the UK, especially in woodlands, heathland, long grass and even parks and gardens.

What Are The Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, but if you have been bitten by one, it's important to look out for the following symptoms, which you should get checked out as soon as possible:

  • A distinctive bullseye-like rash - this does not occur in all cases, so you should also be aware of:
  • Fatigue
  • Fevers
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Bell's Palsy (weakness in the muscles on one side of the face)
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck

If you have been bitten by a tick and become unwell or notice any kind of rash, contact a GP immediately and mention your concerns about Lyme Disease.

How To Protect Against Lyme Disease:

☑️ Avoid walking through long grass - stick to pathways

☑️ Tuck trousers into socks and wear long-sleeved tops

☑️ Use insect repellent when walking in wooded areas

☑️ Check yourself and your children for ticks (hairline, navel, groin, ears, between fingers and toes) and shower when you get home

☑️ If you see an embedded tick, remove it as quickly as possible using this method.

If you have been bitten by a tick and become unwell or notice any kind of rash, contact a GP immediately and mention your concerns about Lyme Disease.