Walking? Watch out for ticks - and Lyme disease
Stay well when you're walking. By Michelle Hather
Spring has sprung, and its a great time to be outdoors. But dont spoil a healthy day out by taking home a parasite that can cause ongoing health problems. Lyme disease is on the increase in the UK, and is caused by the bite of an infected tick.
This minuscule parasite (below) no bigger than a full stop on this page lives on deer, rabbits, foxes, hedgehogs and birds, but will happily turn its attention to humans, too. Lyme disease can cause headaches, stiff muscles and joints, tiredness and a rash, but is treatable with antibiotics.
If youve been walking in long grass or near animals, check your skin, including scalp and hairline. Use fine-toothed tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it off steadily without crushing it. Then disinfect well with antiseptic cream.
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