Tolk Wellness Center is passionate about education and prevention. As we are in full tick season in Connecticut, it’s important to answer these frequently asked questions on Lyme Disease. Luckily, we have an Lyme Disease expert onboard at Tolk Wellness Center. Dr. Keith Yimoyines joins us in August every Friday to answer any questions and available for FREE 15-minute consultations. Please review and share these important FAQs with your family and friends from Dr. Yimoyines and take a proactive approach to your health and wellness.
How do I get Lyme Disease? The bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, Borrelia Burdorferi, is spread primarily through the bite of the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick, as well as other species of tick. Transmission from pregnant mother to fetus is also possible, and is referred to as Congenital Lyme Disease.
When is tick season? Peak tick season in Connecticut is April through October, but deer ticks remain active as long as the temperature is above freezing.
Which is the most dangerous tick in CT? The deer tick, or Ixodes Scapularis, is the most concerning and prevalent tick in Connecticut, followed by the American dog tick and more recently, the Lone Star tick.
How do I identify if I have Lyme Disease? Some people develop the tell-tale bulls-eye or target rash, but the majority do not. Symptoms of early Lyme Disease include joint pain and swelling, which can wander from joint to joint, headaches, neck pain and stiffness, fatigue or lethargy, fever and chills.
How do I remove a tick properly? Grasp as close to the skin as possible to remove as much of the tick as you can. Do not grasp the body of the tick, or stun it with fire, alcohol, or any other liquid.
What are some Naturopathic remedies for Lyme? Naturopathic treatment of Lyme Disease is based around bringing down inflammation, modulating the immune system, and killing the bacteria with herbal combinations. An anti-inflammatory diet and supplements to correct nutrient deficiencies and protect affected organs/body systems is an integral part of treatment.
What should I do to avoid getting bitten by a tick? Use tick repellent. There are several natural products on the market containing Cedar oil and herbs that repel ticks.
What should parents do for their kids to avoid ticks? When they are outside, make sure to avoid tall grasses and wooded or shaded areas. Be diligent about checking for ticks, remembering that they can hide in skin folds or hair.
What kinds of tests do you recommend for Lyme Disease? Conventional testing for Lyme Disease (Lyme Screen and Western Blot) is imprecise, but a Lyme Literate Doctor will a) know how to read a Western Blot properly and b) be able to recommend tests of immune function or specialty testing through labs like IGENEX to diagnose the disease.
Is Lyme Disease curable? In the case of a new infection, Lyme Disease is curable with prompt treatment. Chronic Lyme is much more difficult to treat, but cure is achievable with long-term treatment.
Can my pet get Lyme? Your dog can get Lyme Disease, but there is a vaccine for dogs that provides protection. Cats can also become infected, but are less likely to become ill even if they carry the bacteria.
Why should I see a Lyme specialist vs a regular family doctor? If you think you have a new tick bite or Lyme Disease infection, contact both your family doctor and a Lyme Literate Doctor. Prompt antibiotic treatment is the best cure, along with herbs and supplements to bring down inflammation, protect your gut from the effects of antibiotics, and strengthen your immune system.
If you have any other questions related to Lyme Disease or Ticks, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 860-651-3521