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Old 07-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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insects on the trails...

Hey everyone. I'm curious as to what you all do about poisonous critters out in the trails. Here in north east pa over the past few years it seems Lyme disease has been on the rise. I was out 2 weeks ago doing some trail riding and found myself feeling like shit ever since. Woke up Saturday morning and was covered in red bulls eyes. My doctor suggested a trip to the er and now I'm being treated for Lyme disease. I'm greatful that it was me and not my 7 year old son the got sick but now I'm worried about future endeavors. Does that Off deep woods spray really work well enough to keep the ticks and whatever else away?

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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DEET based repellents applied to the skin help. For added measure, wear light colored long sleeve pants tucked into your socks and long sleeve shirt. Light colors allow you to see ticks more easily than a dark colored garment would. In addition, pick up some permethrin garment spray (REPEL and Sawyer) are common brands sold at many outdoors/sporting goods stores like Academy and REI. The nice thing about permethrin spray is any bugs like fleas/ticks/mosquitos/horse or sandflies that land on your clothes will be killed. In addition, the spray has long residual activity and will last through several garment washings.
As for the lyme, you were smart to get checked out quickly. I'm surprised your FP sent you to the ER to get treated as diagnosis and treatment is fairly straight forward, but in any case now you know what it is/how it's contracted and what erythema migrans looks like. Lyme can be bad if left untreated, but Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is worse and is also tick-borne. You definitely don't want any part of that because most clinicians will never see it and it's low on their radar screen, especially if you develop symptoms in areas where RMSF isn't routinely encountered.
It's OK to wheel with your kids, just take the same precautions with them. Educate them to never approach snakes or wild animals or venture near cliffs/ledges as well.

Also, anytime you come home after being in a tick-infested area, immediately strip down naked and closely examine yourself and kids for any ticks on your body...check skin folds, crotch, armpits, back of neck, etc. Many ticks are absolutely tiny when they haven't filled up on a blood meal, so look very closely. Also don't forget to check the scalp.
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That last paragraph is probably most important. I just read recently that it takes 24 hrs for a tick to transmit disease. Get home, strip down and check.
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That last paragraph is probably most important. I just read recently that it takes 24 hrs for a tick to transmit disease. Get home, strip down and check.
yup...depending on the source, it's commonly believed a tick must be feeding on you for 18 hrs minimum to transmit Lyme. That's maybe not the case with all tick-borne illnesses, so checking as soon as possible is best practice.
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Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it. From now on I'm gonna really make it a priority to keep up with the spray and checks when I'm done. I worry so much about my kid, I don't want him to go thru this. Such a shame that we do have to worry about these diseases because we like to wheel in the woods. I don't remember lyme ever being this widespread when I was a kid and I practically lived in the woods back then. These side effects suck, I've had a fever, cold sweats, chills, migranes, swollen joints....you name it over the last two weeks. The hobbies we choose to love lol.....
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Yeah, you live in Lyme-central. New England and the Michigan/Indiana/Wisconsin area are the 2 hot spots for Lyme disease in the US. It's been around, but the syndrome and organism responsible for the illness were only recently discovered, relatively speaking. I've diagnosed Lyme a couple of times, one was on a guy who'd hiked the entire Appalachian trail. The other had no idea where she'd come in contact with ticks, but she had it sure enough.

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