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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny arachnids found in woodland areas.

The parasites feed on the blood of humans and animals. Their bites often go unnoticed, leaving the tick to remain for several days gorging on blood, before dropping off.

The longer the tick is left in place, the higher the risk of it passing on the infection.

Lyme disease can affect a person’s skin, joints, heart and nervous system.

What are the symptoms? 

The earliest and most common symptom is a pink or red circular rash around the bite site. It can develop three to 30 days after a person is bitten. The rash is described as being similar to a bull’s-eye on a dart board.

An infected person may also suffer flu-like symptoms, including tiredness, headaches and muscle or joint pain.

If left untreated, further symptoms, including muscle pain and temporary paralysis of the facial muscles, can develop months or even years later.

In its late stages the disease can trigger symptoms similar to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Lyme disease is not contagious but is the most common tick-borne infection in Europe and North America. 

It has gained more exposure in the last few years as celebrity sufferers – including Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne – have spoken out about their condition.  

Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease

Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease

Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease

Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease

Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease

Most tick bites happen in late spring, early summer and the autumn – the times when people are most likely to be outside, hiking or camping.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. The best way to avoid it, is to avoid being bitten.

Experts advise people walking in woodland areas wear long-sleeved clothes, tuck trousers into socks, use insect repellent, and importanly check for ticks when they return home.

What to do if you find a tick:

If you do find a tick they can be removed by gently gripping the parasite as close to the skin as possible, preferably using fine-toothed tweezers, and pulling steadily from the skin.Never use a lit cigarette end, a match head or essential oils to force the tick out. 

 

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