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Without wishing to sound too alarmist, we thought it might be prudent to highlight the possible problems which may arise should you ever come into contact with a Tick.  


It appears that Ticks are on the rise in the UK due mainly it seems, to the warmer, milder Winters that we have been having and also the growing numbers of wild deer on which they like to live.


How dangerous are they?  The LDA (Lyme Disease Action) has published a great deal of information regarding Ticks and the associated Lyme disease on their website and the following extracts (with their kind permission) are from their excellent leaflets which can be found at - http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/





Ticks in the UK - Do you know what to do!

Facts

Lyme disease is present across the UK.


Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an

infected tick


Recent statistics show that case numbers are

rising - the actual total is unknown


Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics, which may

be long term


Testing does not identify all cases


Tick bites are painless, and can go unnoticed


Ticks can also carry other diseases


Quotes

“My life has essentially been shattered by Lyme”


“I struggle to look after my children”


“After a year of debilitating illness I am now much improved after long term treatment”

Symptoms may appear between 2 and 30 days after the bite and include

Feeling unwell

Flu-like symptoms

Extreme fatigue

Muscle/Joint pain

Muscle weakness

Upset digestive system

Headache

Disturbances of the nervous system

Poor sleep

Sometimes a ‘Bull’s eye’ rash

 Preventing bites

Keep legs and arms covered

Try not to brush against vegetation

Consider using repellent

Ticks are easier to see on light clothing

Tick removal

As soon as possible

DO use a tick removal tool

DO NOT apply any creams, oils or heat to the tick

See your doctor if you have any symptoms

Would you recognise this?

Using a tick twister

Ticks are larger after feeding, particularly adult females.

For more information - click HERE!

Risk zones - ♦ Woods ♦ Long grass ♦ Undergrowth ♦ Moors and heaths

...across the UK - town and country

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