May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Indiana by Proclamation of the Governor

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Family shares story of Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness

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Lyme Disease and Tick FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on how recently. Within 3 days of being bitten by a tick, many people will develop a red spot that never expands to much bigger than a quarter. is is just an allergic reaction to the saliva that the tick is spitting into you. Watch the site, however. If the red spot grows in size over a period of a week or so, to bigger than two inches, then it is a likely sign you may be infected with the Lyme disease agent.
Use TickEncounter Resource Center’s 2 Step plan to help manage every tick encounter. Send a picture of your tick to TickSpotters and get a tick riskiness assessment of your tick along with a personalized plan of action (free). If it’s a risky tick, or even if you still have concerns, send your tick to TickReport at UMass to have it tested for the patho- gens carried by the type of tick that bit you (testing charge applies). e typical time from tick bite to test result is 4.
American dog ticks can be infected with Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever rickettsia and other less pathogenic rickettsia, and rarely, with the agent of tularemia. In our geographic area, the dog tick pathogen infection rate is quite low for Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever and the other pathogens, too.While the risk for infection from dog tick bites is low, if the tick is infected its riskiness increases the longer it is attached and feeding. Depending on the duration of attachment you may choose to have the tick tested (see above).
e length of time a tick stays attached depends on the tick species, tick life stage and the host immunity. It also depends on whether you do a daily tick check. Generally if undisturbed, larvae remain attached and feeding for about 3 days, nymphs for 3-4 days, and adult females for 7-10 days. Deer ticks feed a day or so faster than Lone Star ticks and American dog ticks. You might be interested in our tick growth comparison chart to see how much ticks change their appearance as they feed. It can make correct tick identi cation a challenge sometimes.
Firstly, you can only get Lyme disease if a tick carrier of the disease-causing microbe bites you. Secondly, black- legged (deer) ticks are the most common type of tick transmitting the Lyme disease bacterium from host to host. In most places in the Northeastern U.S., as many as 15-30% of deer tick nymphs and 50% of adult female deer ticks are infected. If you are bitten by a tick, remove it right away, then identify it or have it identi ed by a knowledgeable resource. You may want to have it tested for infection to better assess your risk. Deer ticks attached for less than 24 hrs are not likely to have transmitted an infection.
Most people think that bloodsuckers like mosquitoes and ticks disappear, along with the risk for disease transmis- sion, once there is a frost and the weather turns cooler. at’s true for mosquitoes; they either die, or some species go into a feeding diapause. Some ticks also go into a feeding diapause in the autumn, but not deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) – they’re a di erent type of bug! e adult stage deer tick actually begins its feeding activity about the time of rst frost (or early October throughout its range), and it will latch onto any larger host (cat to human) any day that the temperature is near or above freezing.
No! Ticks don’t y, hop, run, or even move all that quickly. Depending on the life stage and species, they quest for hosts anywhere from ground level to about knee-high on vegetation, and once latched on they tend to crawl upward to nd a place to bite. If clothing or skin folds don’t get in their way, ticks would likely attach around the head area causing people to believe that they drop out of trees.
We used to tell people to use DEET repellents, tuck your pants into your socks, walk in the center of the trail, and to do a thorough tick check when you get home. Although those strategies can help reduce the risk of tick bites and disease, people didn’t like the feel of repellents on skin, or the look of long pants tucked into socks. Moreover, the poppy-seed sized nymphal deer ticks were hard to nd. We now encourage people to Get TickSmart and planahead--treat shoes, socks, shorts/pants, and shirt with PER- METHRIN tick repellent before going on the hike. Let the treatment dry onto the fabric (takes about an hour or two), then go out and have fun! It’s still good practice to walk down the center of the trail, and try to remember to do a tick check when you get home, but if you are wearing clothes treated with PERMETHRIN tick repellent, there is a much reduced likelihood that a tick will latch on and bite - even if you’re wearing shorts! More good news - your treated clothes will be ready to protect you the next time you venture into tick country, whether on a hike, walking the dog, or just playing/working around the yard (note: DIY-treated clothes can be washed up to 6 times, while commercially-treated clothes are still e ective a er 70 washes).
To help ease your concern regarding tick repellent clothing, take a look at another TickEncounter application (Should I Wear Tick Repellent Clothing?) to better appreciate the margin of safety you have. TickEncounter has not done extensive testing with the variety of natural repellents ooding the market today but there are some cred- ible reports that a few compounds (such as nookatone) may be somewhat e ective in repelling. Unfortunately, that compound is not yet available in product form. You should know that product claims of tick repellency usually are largely based on studies done in petri dishes in the lab. Few of these products have ever been evaluated under eld conditions with real tick encounters.
Pain perception is a complicated neurologic phenomenon but we know that pain hypersensitivity does accompany tissue in ammation, and bites and stings from various insects and ticks do trigger tissue in ammation to varying degrees. Some biting bugs have potent molecules in their saliva to help mask pain while others don’t bother. For example, since ticks need to remain attached to hosts for days in order to steal blood for growth and reproduction, their saliva contains potent painkillers called kininases -- enzymes that breakdown pain-mediating peptides in in amed tissue. Other blood suckers like mosquitoes lack these pain-reducing enzymes since their blood feeding strategy is more ‘quick in and quick out’. Besides, even if they did elicit pain and got shoo’d away, they’ve got wings to y o to a di erent host. is is just one example of why some bites hurt while others go unnoticed.

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Our goal is to support those suffering from Lyme disease, educate the community about tick-borne illness and prepare doctors to fight it.

Lyme disease and its co-infections have been called the epidemic of our time. Unlike previously thought, it is not just an East coast disease; it’s prevalence in Indiana is growing rapidly – devastating whole families in many cases. For many, its effects are profound and, in some case, can change the course of a life. Both early diagnosis and proper treatment of Lyme disease are essential, but the illness is hard to diagnose and cure. The result is that many patients with Lyme disease in Indiana go undiagnosed-and untreated-for years, which can cause severe complications. But the fact is that if caught early and properly treated, Lyme disease can be stopped!

Many with Lyme disease and their care givers suffer for years lost in the path towards diagnosis and treatment. They need support and resources. Education about prevention, the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, as well as how to treat lyme disease needs to increase. Healthcare professionals need to be better prepared to undestand the complexity of diagnosis, the reality of Lyme in Indiana, as well as the complexity of treatment.

Indiana Lyme Connect is a non-profit, tax-exempt, all-volunteer organization.We have been leading monthly support groups, educational efforts, and Lyme awareness events over the last year and plan to grow our impact with your help. 100% of donations will be used to advance the mission of the organization including Indiana support groups, awareness projects, and health-care professional educational materials/events.

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We seek to support individuals with Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections–that is Lyme Borreliosis Complex–to educate the greater Indiana community about this often devastating illness, and to prepare healthcare professionals to combat this public-health crisis.


The founders of Indiana Lyme Connect, ILC, have experienced the problems of delayed diagnosis and complexities of treatment firsthand as their own families have suffered greatly… In March of 2014, they established ILC which aims to raise public awareness about Lyme disease, support those with it, and prepare healthcare professionals to address Lyme Disease.


ILC desires to support individuals with Lyme disease. Currently, ILC offers support groups and a quarterly newsletter. Two educational/support groups currently meet monthly in Indianapolis and Bloomington with plans for an Indianapolis young adult support group beginning in early 2016. We sponsor speakers covering topics related to living with Lyme disease as well as provide snacks, a variety of resources, and emotional support for those affected by Lyme

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