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    • 19 JUN 17

    Lyme Disease Treatment & Prevention

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    Prevention

    • Wear long clothing and tuck pant legs into socks
    • Use insect repellent containing DEET on all exposed skin
    • Use permethrin spray on clothing, shoes, hats, and outdoor items such as tents and sleeping bags
    • Upon coming inside, take a shower and put worn clothes in dryer for 10 minutes to kill off any lingering ticks
    • If you are going somewhere where reports of Lyme’s
    • Disease are high, talk to you doctor about getting
    • preventative antibiotics like doxycycline

    What to expect

    What to Expect

    • Little to no pain
    • A small bump lasting about 2 days

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    • Wash hands and bite site after removing the tick
    • Apply one application of OTC antibiotic ointment

     

    How to Remove Ticks

    Using Tweezers:

    • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible
    • Pull straight upwards without twisting or crushing the tick
    • Keep steady pressure until the tick lets go
    • If any part of the tick remains in the skin, clean the skin with rubbing alcohol and scrape off what you can with tweezers or a needle

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    Using a Twisting Device:

    • Slide slotted part of took along skin and around the ticks head
    • Twist tool until the tick release from the skin
    • Lift tick and tool away from skin

    ProductsProducts at Patton Pharmacy

    • DEET Bug Spray
      • OFF Family Care
      • Coleman 100 Max Insect Repellent
    • Permethrin Spray
      • Sawyer Insect Repellent Clothing
    • Antibiotic Ointments
      • Polysporin
      • Neosporin
    • Tick Removers
      • Tweezers
      • Tick Tornado

    When to See the Doctor

    • If you cannot get the tick removed from the skin
    • A rash or fever starts over the next 2-14 days
    • A new redness starts over 24 hours after the bite
    • Signs of infection
    • A red ring or bull’s eye rash appears around the bite

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    Treatment for Lyme Disease

    • Antibiotic treatments for Lyme’s Disease in adults and children over 8 years old include Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, and Cefuroxime
    • Children less than 8 or women who are pregnant should not take Doxycycline but can still use Amoxicillin or Cefuroxime
    • Treatment can last from 10 to 28 days depending on the medication used and what stage the disease is in
    • If you get bitten by a tick, your doctor may prescribe a preventative dose of doxycycline within the first 72 hours after removing the tick depending on the likelihood of Lyme’s Disease development