AFC Urgent Care Shelton is always here to provide comprehensive tick bite treatment via our local walk-in clinic as well as Lyme disease treatment and diagnosis for patients of all ages. Especially during spring and summer, tick bites and rates of Lyme disease continue to climb as more people are outside in tick-prone areas.
How to manage and reduce Lyme Disease risks
A variety of common risk factors for Lyme disease include going into areas or environments with a heavy tick population. To prevent Lyme disease, use these prevention techniques and skills to reduce your chances of getting the disease:
- Avoid wooded areas when possible. Also wear protective clothing when camping or going into the woods so that ticks don’t attach to your legs. Lightweight but durable pants and boots can help reduce your chances of ticks.
- Follow frequent public health alerts and updates online or elsewhere to see if your town or local community has an increased risk of ticks/Lyme
- After any outdoor activities, conduct a body check on your head, hair, neck legs, ears, and any other visible parts of the body.
- Check your pets, especially dogs, for any ticks. Dogs are a frequent host for ticks since they hide underneath fur and stay latched for extended periods.
How to tell if you have Lyme disease
There are few telltale signs that you likely have Lyme disease. These include the following symptoms after 3-30 days:
- Bull’s Eye Pattern Rash
If you believe you have Lyme or came into contact with a tick, please call AFC Urgent Care Shelton or schedule an appointment in advance. Our urgent care staff can diagnose Lyme with on-site lab testing and other diagnostic exams. If you want more information about tick treatment and Lyme disease testing please call our urgent care center for more information: 203.567.4171