• Ticks and Lyme Disease

    Ticks and Lyme Disease

    Mused after taking a cooking class at Out of Thyme on Montgomery Road. Informative, easy, casual from the place that has prepared food daily. All prepared foods are just heat 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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    Mild winter is helpful for driving but not so with ticks. In Connecticut nearly 38% of ticks are infected with Lyme disease. Mice and deer are the most common animals that help tick survival and spread.

    Ticks typically feed on humans 3-5 days before falling off. For Lyme disease to be transmitted it usually needs to be attached 24 -48 hours. The importance of this is to check for ticks after walking in fields, woods or other outdoor habitats.

    When caught early enough, Lyme disease usually resolves after two to four weeks of treatment with antibiotics. However, an estimated 10% of those infected will have persistent muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties for months or years. Experts are not sure why this occurs but speculate that it is the result of residual damage of tissues caused by the disease. Others feel that it is a post-infection complication to the immune system.

    (Did You Know? There are over 300,000 cases of Lyme disease each year..)

    The CDC has suggestions on avoiding ticks and preventing Lyme disease.
    Avoid tall grass.
    DEET 20% or more on clothing.
    Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts.
    Shower or bath after spending time outside.
    Check pets.
    Drying clothes on high for 10 minutes.
    And, of course, do a tick check including using a mirror.

    -Sumathi Reddy, WSJ

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