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The health benefits of hiking in the great outdoors are numerous. It’s a fantastic form of physical exercise, a dose of vitamin D from the sun is great for bones, teeth and muscles, and immersing yourself in nature can do wonders for your mental wellbeing too. However, there are of course certain dangers to be aware of, one of which is tiny yet can cause huge problems – a Lyme tick. Read on as the health experts at YourGP reveal the risks of Lyme disease and explain how best to protect yourself.
Ticks are parasitic arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They are usually around 5mm in length and are commonly found in grassy and wooded areas. Some ticks carry a bacteria that can be spread to humans through bites causing Lyme disease.
Lyme disease usually presents as a circular ‘bullseye’ rash which can appear anytime from 1 week to 3 months after a bite. Some people also experience flu-like symptoms such as a high temperature, feeling hot or shivery, headache, muscle and joint pain, tiredness and loss of energy.
If you have been bitten by a tick and you experience any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your GP immediately so they can prescribe a course of antibiotics. The condition is easier to treat when caught early, so it pays to act fast.
Should you begin to feel unwell or you develop a rash, contact your GP immediately.
If you have a suspicious looking rash that you would like a health professional to take a look at, you can book an appointment using our online booking form, or you can email email@example.com or call us on 0131 225 5656 and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.
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