Here’s What To Do If You Find A Tick Bite


. TWO LOCAL KIDS WERE SENT TO THE ICU THIS WEEK AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE. IT’S A TICK-BORNE ILLNESS THAT CAN CAUSE ALL KINDS OF COMPLICATIONS. THE KIDS WERE TREATED FOR INFLAMMATION OF THE HEART MUSCLE. AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THEY SAY THE UPTICK IN CASES AMONG KIDS IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN. THEY ARE DOING OKAY AND THEY ARE REALLY CONCERNING US BECAUSE IT’S NOT VERY OFTEN WE’VE EVER HAD TWO CHILDREN WITH CARDIAC INVOLVEMENT IN THE HOSPITAL AT THE SAME TIME. SO, IT’S GOT US CONCERNED BECAUSE WE’RE SEEING A RISE IN CASES OF LYME ASSOCIATED CARDIAC INVOLVEMENT THIS YEAR. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY EXPECT TO SEE ABOUT 500 TOTAL CASES THIS YEAR. IF YOU FIND A TICK ON YOU OR ON YOUR KIDS, THAT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN THAT YOU HAVE LYME DISEASE. IN FACT THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET IT. HEALTH EDITOR DR. MARIA SIMBRA HAS MORE NEW AT 5:00. Reporter: YOU SEE A TICK WELL ATTACHED TO YOUR SKIN, SWOLLEN WITH ITS MEAL IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO KEEP FROM GETTING LYME DISEASE? IF YOU FIND A TICK ATTACHED TO YOU BEFORE THE DISEASE IS REALLY SET UP A SINGLE DOSE OF THE ANTIBIOTIC IS SUFFICIENT TO PREVENT THE INFECTION FROM GETTING SET UP. Reporter: STUDIES SHOW 85% REDUCTION THIS CASE OF LYME DISEASE IF YOU’RE GETTING 200- MILLIGRAM DOSE AT THE TIME OF THE TICK BITE. IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE WHO HAPPENS TO NOTICE A TICK BITE. THE DOCTORS HAVE TO BE SURE IT WAS THE SPECIFIC KIND OF TICK THAT CARRIES THE BACTERIA CAUSING LYME. IT HAS TO BE AN ENGORGED PARTICULAR AND HAVE TO SEEK TREATMENT WITHIN 72 HOURS. IF YOU SEE A BULLS-EYE RASH IT’S TOO LATE. PREVENTIVE TREATMENT WON’T WORK. AT THAT POINT THE INFECTION’S RECOMMEND SET IN AND THE BUGS HAVE MULTIPLIED. THERE’S A LOT MORE OF THEM. ONE DOSE OF THE ANTIBIOTIC WILL NOT DO IT YOU REALLY NEED TO DO A FULL COURSE OF ANTIBIOTIC WHICH EVEN IN THE EARLIEST

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  1. THIS IS FALSE AND DANGEROUS INFORMATION NO ONE DOSE OF DOXYCYCLINE CAN TREAT/KILL AN ACUTE INFECTION OF LYME DISEASE.

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