Lyme Disease Resources
In April of 2018, we had a program at the Community Center about Lyme Disease. This program was well attended and brought a lot of information to the table. We have compiled some of that information here to share.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
* Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria
* It is transferred to humans through a bite of an infected Deer Tick
* 20% of baby ticks “nymphs” are carriers and 50% of adult ticks are carriers
* 5 things are needed to get Lyme disease
1. Lyme bacteria
2. A tick to transmit the bacteria
3. Deer and mice to provide food (their blood) for the ticks
4. A bite from an infected tick
5. Time an infected tick needs to be attached for transmission, in most cases is 24 - 48 hours and maybe less for nymphs (18 hours).
* Tick Removal and follow-up
1. Grasp tick close to the skin & pull straight up
2. Clean site & your hands with soap & water or rubbing alcohol
3. Mark the date on your calendar
4. If you develop a rash, fever or flu like symptoms within several weeks post removal, see your doctor and tell your doctor when & where you were bitten
Prevention is important and daily tick checks are essential.
Lyme Centers and Clinics in Our Area:
Lyme Center of New England (Cumberland, RI): 401-334-5963
Rhode Island Hospital Lyme Disease Clinic: 401-444-5280
Lifespan Lyme Disease Clinic (Miriam Hospital): 401-793-4020
Dr. Rau’s Biological Medicine: 877-208-1653
Mary Guerenabarrena: (Ayurvedic consultant) 401-864-8006