Lyme disease is a human disease caused by bacteria from the Borrelia type. It is transmitted through a tick bite and causes symptoms such as rashes, fever, headaches and fatigue.
This is just a fraction of the symptoms which are divided into early and later symtpoms:
Early symtpoms of lyme disease
- Sore throat
- Skin rashes
- Fever and other symptoms that mimic the flu
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Stiffness in the neck
- Muscle spasms
- Pain, numbness and tingling in the limbs
- Blurry vision, eye pain and swelling
- Irregular heartbeat
Ticks are small insects that live in bushes and green vegetation. They can jump on our clothing or our pets, and may cause a lot of problems once the weather gets warmer. Ticks have 8 limbs similar to spiders and feed on our blood just like arachnids.
In general, ticks are not a big threat. However, sometimes infected ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other serious infections. Once they reach your body, they attach to your skin, and grow as they feed on the blood. A Lyme-infected tick can inject the Borrelia bacteria deep into the tissues and blood flow which makes the infection spread fast. Currently, Lyme disease is one of the fastest spreading infection around the world.
If you’re out enjoying nature, you should learn how to protect yourself from ticks. You should always wear light-colored pants as its easier to spot the ticks later. Of course, once you’re done with the trip, you should insect yourself and put your clothes in a dryer which can destroy the ticks with heat. Furthermore, experts recommend using an insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and shoes with closed toes. We also suggest showering within 2 hours after coming home in order to detect ticks that might have attached to your skin.
If a tick bit you, it’s important to remove it within a 12-hour time frame. Use a tweezer and be gentle, trying to pull it out in one move. Be careful when taking the insect out – it’s not unusual to break off their head which leaves the body trapped inside your skin. Crushing is another problem – this can spread bacteria on your skin and make the problem worse.
When removing a tick, go as slowly and gently as you can and try to pull it out in one piece. Next, clean the area well with alcohol, and put the tick in a Ziploc bag. Write the date on it and keep the tick – if you experience any kind of symptoms, go to the doctor along with the bag.
According to one expert who spent her life studying ticks, the insect will go out if irritated or smothered. However, smothering a tick can take days, so it’s not the best solution. The insect’s mouth is attached to the skin with a “cement” they secrete in order to stick themselves into the skin. When they need to go out, the dissolve the compound by regurgitating stomach contents, which can also infect the wound with bacteria.
If you pull the tick out properly, the infection won’t happen and you will be safe. The best way to remove it isn’t with oil or Vaseline as many methods say – it’s in one move with a metal tweezer.
If you’re fighting Lyme disease…
Although there are many ways to fight it, cannabis is a great natural way of defeating the infection. According to a book written by Shelley White who was infected with Lyme disease, cannabis can reduce the pain naturally and without adverse side-effects. Lyme disease affects everyone differently, but cannabis can treat all symptoms and help you overcome it.
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