The first day of spring is two weeks away. As people plan their outdoor activities, trips, and events for 2017’s warm months, scientists and medical professionals are planning for a surge in cases of Lyme disease this year.
Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through ticks, insects as small as poppy seeds (and with a similar appearance to the naked eye). Tick bites are initially painless for most people, which is why they often go unnoticed for hours or days. That’s why it’s important to do a tick check after being outdoors this spring and summer.
Tick checks are commonly associated with hiking in the woods, but Lyme infected ticks can also be found in the yards of suburban homes.
If a tick bite leads to Lyme disease, it’s treatable with antibiotics such as doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. (For retirees, all three of these medications are covered under Medicare Part D plans.)
For more information, visit the CDC’s website.