If you think you cannot contract Lyme disease in the Atlanta area, think again! According to the United States National Library of Medicine, although most cases of Lyme occur elsewhere, folks who call Atlanta home are not immune from the tick-borne illness. That's because ticks live in wooded areas and tall grasses.
Avoid risky business
If you or your kids spend a lot of time enjoying Atlanta's wooded areas, you are at risk of being bitten by a tick infected with Lyme. Truth be told, even when your little one is playing outside in the yard in tall grasses he has the possibility of contracting the disease. The Mayo Clinic recommends dressing in long sleeves and pants even when it is hot and humid out if you plan to spend time among nature. Although Atlanta's weather more often calls for tank tops than full coverage clothing, ticks go for exposed skin, so protect yourself and your family.
Don't skip out on the body check
One of the best ways to avoid contracting Lyme disease is to check your body for ticks after being outdoors. As the Mayo Clinic notes, a Lyme tick is the size of pinhead. So comb your child's skin carefully and do the same for yourself. The clinic also advises parents to give their little ones a bath after spending time outdoors in potential tick-infested areas.
Prevent the pain
Other ways to stave off Lyme ticks is to wear insect repellent and make your yard inhospitable to the hosts. For instance, mow your grass frequently and don't allow your shrubs to grow out of control. Finally, check your pets for ticks before they get free rein of the house. Remember that your furry friends can track in ticks just as easily as the kids can.
If you suspect you or a family member may have contracted the disease, do not hesitate to contact your Atlanta-area doctor. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances of beating this illness.