Even while diagnostic medicine has advanced significantly in recent decades, there are still several common ailments that are notoriously difficult to diagnose. The most common disease spread by ticks, Lyme disease, is very challenging to diagnose for a variety of reasons. Because it is surprisingly common for people to not realize they have been bitten, many patients with Lyme disease go untreated. Unlike mosquito bites, which are unpleasant and easily identified, tick bites are painless and exceedingly difficult to detect unless you can feel or see the tick on your skin. When it comes to biting, ticks are renowned for their cunning behavior; they seek out protected areas on your body where they may survive for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, this means that these creatures tend to bite our scalp, underarms, and nether regions. For these reasons, tick bites are a real concern because we don't routinely check these areas for intruders. Tick bites are often rife with bacteria, including the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Most often, it takes roughly 24-48 hours for a tick to transmit this disease while attached to its human host. Checking for ticks after being outside at work or even after taking a stroll in a park should be taken very seriously. Don't take any chances because even a single unintentional tick encounter can do serious harm to your health.
Ticks in CT are easy to miss, and they are dangerous
Lyme disease, the most common disease transmitted by ticks, is also the most difficult to diagnose. The most evident sign that you have the sickness is a welt or rash in the shape of a target where a tick bit you. The fact that you have this rash is a clear sign that you have the condition, but this symptom doesn't always present. Without clear symptoms, some people can have a prolonged Lyme disease infection. Sometimes, the most common signs of Lyme disease infection might be confused with those of other conditions, such as COVID. Lyme disease symptoms include fatigue, pain, fever, and headaches. With such generic symptoms, it is understandable why undiagnosed Lyme disease is so prevalent.
However, symptoms start to change when Lyme disease is left untreated. If Lyme disease is not treated for a lengthy period, it may spread to organs including your joints, heart, and even nervous system. Seek immediate medical assistance if you see any symptoms of arthritis, heart palpitations, face drooping, memory loss, or any of the other symptoms mentioned above. If Lyme disease is correctly diagnosed, it may be treated. The dangers of undiagnosed Lyme are serious, so be vigilant about the symptoms.
Who to trust to defend you against CT ticks
Tick control is the first line of defense against Lyme disease. With our help, you can reclaim control over your yard. With over 2 million treatments delivered, Mosquito Squad is excited to help defend your yard against ticks that may be lurking outside.
Ticks in CT are responsible for growing numbers of undiagnosed Lyme disease cases. Defend against ticks with the help of experts found at Mosquito Squad of Hartford. Give us a call at (860) 356-3953.