What to do if you THINK you have Lyme Disease
Updated: Oct 14, 2020
If you are aware you were bit:
First, if you are bit by a tick and can get your hands on it, save it in a ziploc bag and send it in IMMEDIATELY for get tested at a laboratory as soon as you can.
Tips for removing the tick:
Remove the tick immediately and carefully. Wear gloves! Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull out the tick using a slow, steady upward motion. Avoid twisting or squeezing the tick. Experts don't recommend using petroleum jelly, fingernail polish or a hot match to remove a tick.
Seal the tick in a container/ziploc. Put the container in the freezer. Send the tick in for testing.
Wash your hands and the bite site. Use warm water and soap, rubbing alcohol, or an iodine scrub.
If you develop a rash: BULLSEYE
The bullseye rash is associated with a deer-tick bite, and unfortunately Lyme disease. The rash will be circular and red on the skin. This can appear up to three months after being bit. This is why it is important to keep the tick in the freezer for testing [if you have not sent it in already].