Lyme disease

Posted October 23, 2017

When to call a pediatrician

If you think your child may have contracted Lyme disease or if a tick has stung you, contact your pediatrician. Although there are other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to those just described, it is always advisable to contact your pediatrician, especially if your child develops a ring-shaped red rash, long-lasting flu-like symptoms, pain and inflammation articular or facial paralysis. This way, your child can be evaluated and, if necessary, given appropriate treatment before the disease progresses to later stages.

Prevention

There is no infallible way to avoid contracting Lyme disease. But there are many ways to minimize the risk of getting it.

Watch out for ticks in areas of high risk of infestation, such as dark and moist areas covered with vegetation, areas of abundant grass, scrub , shrubs and trees with low branches. Meadows, lawns and gardens can also house ticks, especially on the fringes of the woods and around old stone walls (areas where mice and deer abound, the main hosts of ticks that transmit Lyme disease). < / p>

If you use an insecticide containing DEET, follow the instructions for use of the product and do not apply more than necessary. Apply DEET on the necks of the shirts and T-shirts, cuffs of the sleeves and the turns and the hems of the pants, and apply it directly only in the areas of skin that are going to be exposed to the outside. Be sure to remove the product by washing thoroughly when you return home.

Currently, there is no vaccine available for Lyme disease marketed in the USA.