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8 PAGES OF INFORMATION ON TICK-BORNE DISEASES
BASED UPON CURRENT RESEARCH
Information every family needs to know.
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Does a Single Dose of Doxycycline
Prevent Lyme Disease?
There is NO evidence that a single dose of doxycycline
prevents Lyme disease.
The medical opinion that 2×100 mg doxycycline administered at the time of a tick bite prevents Lyme disease is based entirely upon a single study, never reproduced, published in 2001.1 This study is based upon the incorrect assumption that the absence of a bulls-eye (“EM”) rash indicates that no infection is present.
The conclusion that a single dose of doxycycline taken at the time of the tick bite prevents Lyme disease is NOT SUPPORTED by the data presented in the paper… Read more here: https://www.lymeactionnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Singledose.pdf
SAVE YOUR TICK AND GET IT TESTED.
- If you take an attached tick off your body, SAVE IT and send it for testing! Do not discard it! Place it in a zip lock bag and send it to a tick lab for analysis. The lab will report back to you to let you know if the tick was carrying pathogens, and if it had a chance to feed on its host. This information will help you and your doctor decide on the most sensible next course of action.
SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY 13210
The Thangamani Lab tests ticks collected in New York State free of charge. Results take a few days. This lab also maintains extensive metrics on aggregate results.
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Tick Report Center
Fee-based service. Fee dependent upon array of tests requested. Report within three days. Some customers may be eligible for discounted testing fees due to local and state subsidy programs. Your pricing will automatically be adjusted during the order process if discounts are available for your zipcode.
3. Throw your clothes in the dryer on hot for 10-15 minutes when you come in. High heat kills ticks.
4. Take a hot shower when you come in.
5. You may want to treat the perimeter of your property with permethrin spray, especially if you border wooded or grassy areas. Permetherin kills ticks. (Do not use permethrin near streams, ponds, or other bodies of water.)
6. Deet is effective at repelling ticks. It does not kill them. Other compounds, such as picaridin and natural products containing oils of lavender, geranium, and chrysanthemum also repel ticks, but most of these products are not as effective as Deet. When using natural products, it is important to reapply frequently.
7. If you have an attached tick, remove it as soon as you notice it. Using a “Tick Twister” removes it completely, painlessly and easily as it “twirls” the tick out of your skin. If using tweezers, use needle-nose tweezers, grasp at the skin, and pull up quickly. BE careful as tweezer runs a HIGH risk of squeezing the contents of the tick into your skin. DO NOT TORTURE THE TICK with creams, burning matches, vaseline, etc. If you stress the tick, it will regurgitate the contents of its gut into your skin.
8. Do not believe the myth that a tick needs to be attached for 24-48 hours. You can get many diseases from ticks – some of them after a very short attachment. No definitive research has been done to determine how long it takes to transmit many of the co-infection pathogens, such as Borrelia miyamotoi, Borrelia mayonii, Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and others, but it is believed to be a short period of time. The Powassan virus can be transmitted in 15 minutes!
9. It is also believed that if a tick attempts to feed on an animal (like your dog) treated with an anti-tick product like Frontline or Advantix, and tastes the repellent and backs out of the animal, it will seek to resume its blood meal, possibly on a human. In that situation, the transmission time for Lyme disease might be much shorter than generally believed. Definitive research has not been done on this question. Until it is, it is best to assume that there is no minimum “safe” time if you are bitten by a tick.
10. Know your ticks. There are several different species of tick in this region, and the ticks look different as they progress through their lives. The TickEncounter Resource Center at the University of Rhode Island has a very good tick identification chart at www.tickencounter.org.
11. While we have been principally concerned about the deer tick, it’s not the only tick that can transmit diseases. The Lone Star tick has been reported in eastern New York. This is an aggressive tick, and can carry a variety of diseases. It is identified by the white spot on its back. Brown ticks and the dog tick both carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is becoming a problem in the southeast US.
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Ad-Hoc Committee for Health Equity in ICD11 Borreliosis Codes Calls for International Revision of Diagnostic Codes
An international committee of experts is calling for extensive review and revision of the ICD Diagnostic Codes to more accurately reflect the realities of borreliosis infections.
Click for excerpt – 3.2017 UPDATING ICD11 DIAGNOSTIC CODES – J.Luche-ThayerAd Hoc Committee for Health Equity in ICD11 Borreliosis Codes Calls for Medical Coding Reform