The 411 on Avoiding Ticks and Lyme Disease

It seems like everyone is trying to spend as much time as possible outdoors right now—the beautiful summer weather is just too hard to resist. But it’s not just people who are living it up outside: Some not-so-welcome pests are also making themselves at home in your backyard and in parks. Unfortunately, that includes ticks—some of which can carry Lyme disease. With summer in full swing (and experts predicting a record number of ticks) it’s important to know how to protect yourself and what to do if you get bit.

Worried you were bit by a tick? You may see a rash that looks like a “bull’s eye,” red and in a circular pattern. Other symptoms of Lyme disease include flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. If you think you have early signs of Lyme disease, see your doctor as soon as possible—it can be easily treated with antibiotics if detected early.

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