All over the Hudson Valley, in fact all over the East we are at high risk for tick bites. The dogs if they are out in the woods come back full of ticks. Old Rusty II the cat is 14 or so and sometimes has ticks like grapes hanging in his neck. Rex had severe Lyme tick infection a few years ago and hasn’t been quite the same since. My #1 son had a case so bad when he was 21 and working outside for a painting contractor, he needed intravenous antibiotics. He was feeling bad for two years.
So here are a few facts, a few theories and a few preventive measures. My friend Arthur who is a doctor specializing in infectious disease hopefully will comment and correct any of the below:
1) Both dog ticks and deer ticks can both be infected with the virus
2) If you remove the tick within 24 hours you will not be infected.
3) The telltale bullseye around the bite tells you whether you are infected or not. On this one I believe it is untrue.
4) The telltale rash can come anywhere on the body, not necessarily where you are bitten. I think this is true.
5) The rash does not itch
6) If you can see that you have been bitten it takes too long to have the tick (if you’ve kept it) tested and it is better to go immediately on an antibiotic.
These are just a few of the type of questions that come up so if any readers want to add either Qs or comments, fire away.