A mother has a photo of the & # 39; bullseye & # 39; shared a rash that turned out to be a sign of her Lyme disease.
Kate Allen, 28, from Leicester, saw raised bumps on her skin after leading her dog through long grass in the park at 30 ° C.
Three days later she had expanding circular red areas on both legs with a clear center that formed a pattern, some with a diameter of 12 inches (30 cm).
Fever, listlessness and forgetfulness, a doctor diagnosed a mild form of Lyme disease – an infection spread by ticks.
Noted early, it can be diagnosed with antibiotics. But untreated, Lyme disease can have serious complications.
Kate Allen, 28, has a photo of her & # 39; bullseye & # 39; shared a rash to raise awareness of the early signs of Lyme disease after contracting the infection
Mrs. Allen had circular red areas on both legs with a clear center that formed a pattern – also known as a & # 39; bullseye & # 39; result (photo). She has shared her photo on social media to raise awareness
The mother of three, from Leicester, saw raised bumps on her skin after she had walked her dog through long grass in the park
Mrs. Allen said: & # 39; All I did was walk a family dog in a field – I didn't notice it right away. That's the worrying thing. I started noticing the bites later in the evening.
& # 39; The symptoms started when I started to feel very tired. I had a temperature and became more forgetful than normal. & # 39;
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT TICKBITES?
Avoid direct contact with ticks
- Avoid woody and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
- Walk in the middle of paths
Repel skin and clothing
- Use repellent containing 20% or more DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts for several hours
- NB Always follow the product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth
- Use products that contain permethrin on clothing; Treat clothing and equipment such as boots, trousers, socks and tents with products that contain 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through various washes. Pre-treated clothing is available and can be protective for longer
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an online tool to help you select the repellant that best suits you and your family
Search and remove ticks from your body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after arrival (preferably within two hours) to do the dishes and find easier ticks that crawl on you
- Perform a whole-body tick check using a hand mirror or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infected areas
- Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, in the navel, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in their hair
- Examine equipment and pets. Ticks can bring clothing and pets into the house and attach themselves to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packages
- Dry clothing for 10 minutes in a high heat dryer to kill ticks on dry clothing after you enter
- NB If the clothing is damp, extra time may be required
- If the clothing must first be washed, warm water is recommended; cold and medium water will not kill ticks effectively
- If the clothing cannot be washed in hot water, dry it for 90 minutes on low heat or 60 minutes on high heat. The clothing must be warm and completely dry
Mrs. Allen, who runs a caravan rental company and has three children, went to the pharmacist, but insisted that she see a doctor who confirmed that she had been bitten by a tick.
She said: & I almost didn't go to the doctor because it wasn't painful, but when you look up how serious this can be, I'm so glad I did. & # 39;
The doctor has prescribed antibiotics for 21 days to treat the disease and prevent it from spreading.
However, she said: & # 39; I still feel very worried because the antibiotics are not a guarantee. & # 39;
Ms. Allen shared a photo of her result to raise awareness of the disease and has been shared more than 187,000 times since.
She said: & I would urge everyone to watch all the bites, because I shrugged and went to the pharmacist alone when I google the result and they insisted on going to the doctor immediately.
& # 39; It's great to see the power of social media in a positive light to spread awareness.
& # 39; I would never have known this until I went to the pharmacist. I am still waiting for my next appointment for verification. & # 39;
The Lyme disease charity now urges the public to be more vigilant in warm weather conditions as it brings the tick above ground in search of food.
Ticks can be found all over the UK, but especially in grassy and wooded areas in southern England and the Scottish Highlands.
The first characters are one distinctive circular result at the location of the tick bite, and flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache and high temperatures.
The person may also have reduced attention, judgment, disorganization and poor problem solving, similar symptoms to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
If Lyme disease is not detected quickly, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system and be fatal.
Seriously affected patients may suffer from paralysis of their facial muscles, memory problems or concentration problems.
In later stages of the disease, inflammation of the eye, spinal cord and brain can develop, leading to loss of vision and increased sensitivity to light.
Last month a mother claimed that she had been left paralyzed and blind after she had contracted Lyme disease due to a tick bite in a park.
The doctor has prescribed a 21-day course of antibiotics for Mrs. Allen (photo) to treat a mild form of Lyme disease and prevent it from spreading
Mrs. Allen felt feverish, listless and forgetful, the early signs of Lyme disease
Christine Jennings, 57, was only 32 when the beetle hit her skin while she played with her young daughters.
In the course of the following week, the former interior designer and artist developed what she thought was a virus, with migraines, rashes, and swollen joints.
However, it was only the beginning of a 25-year fight against Lyme disease, in which her health declined to the point where she went to bed.
A spokeswoman for Lyme Disease Action said: “Humid weather brings the ticks above ground in search of a meal, and walkers and campers should be aware of the risk of tick bites in shady areas and long grass.
& # 39; Most British ticks are not infected with Lyme disease, and the risk of disease can be minimized by quickly removing the ticks without crushing the body.
& # 39; Consciousness is the key and ticks should not stop people from enjoying the outside, with all the associated benefits. & # 39;
According to the NHS, it is recommended to cover the skin while walking outside and to use insect repellent on clothing and skin.
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash called erythema migrans.
The disease can usually be treated with several weeks of oral antibiotics.
But if it is not treated, the infection can spread to the joints, the heart and nervous symptoms and can be fatal.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE INFECTED?
These symptoms may occur during the first three to 30 days of infection:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash
The result occurs in approximately 80 percent of the infected people.
It can expand to 12 inches (30 cm), and ultimately the appearance of a target or a & # 39; bull's-eye & # 39; hand off.
Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Severe headache and neck stiffness
- Extra result
- Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
- Face paralysis or Bell & # 39; s paresis
- Problems with short-term memory
- Nerve pain
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