2017 ILADS Training Stipend Application for Healthcare Professionals
ILC, Indiana Lyme Connect, met with the Indiana Department of Health, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Indiana Hospital Association for discussions regarding awareness of tick-borne diseases and prevention in Indiana. These meetings came out of the HR55, House Resolution 55, passed this past March. ILC is most grateful for the departments’ time and active engagement. All agreed that by pooling resources, updating data, and furthering education, Hoosiers can be better served and protected from the spread of tick-borne diseases.
Family shares story of Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness
Kimberly J. Lentz, MD is featured in the second video promoting Lyme prevention
Map of One Type of Tick that Bites Humans and Transmits Disease
Comments: The highest risk of being bitten occurs during spring and summer. Dog ticks are sometimes called wood ticks.
Adult females are most likely to bite humans.
Question: How do I keep a tick from biting me?…
Answer: That’s the best way to prevent catching any disease that a tick might carry.
1. Avoid brush-filled, grassy areas on the outskirts of fields and woods.
2. Cover up, especially the ankles, feet and legs that ticks find first on their travels around your body.
3. Use insect repellents that ward off ticks and mosquitoes even if you consider them messy
4. Check yourself and your pets for ticks after you’ve been outdoors. This is perhaps the most important tip. Ticks can take up to 24 hours or more to find a feeding spot and latch on, so you’ve got a little time.
Q. What’s the best way to remove a tick from a person?
A. Don’t use a match. Just like you would with your dog, grab a pair of tweezers and slowly pull out the tick at a right angle from your skin. You want to get the tweezers as close to your skin as possible and remove the entire tick.
If you have to use your fingers, at least put a tissue or other barrier between your hand and the tick.
Disinfect the area and wash your hands afterward. Go to the doctor if you start to develop symptoms in the weeks following the bite…
Q. What should I do if I find a tick on my dog?
A. It’s probably a brown dog tick, which can be found across the continental USA, or an American dog tick. They’re pretty hard to tell apart though brown dog ticks can cause a nasty home infestation because they prefer indoors.
Be wary of both because each can transmit diseases to humans…
Tick Cards Information:
What to do if you experience a tick bite. Symptoms explained and proper removal of the tick.
Prevention of tick bites is the best defense against Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illness.
Please Consider Making a Donation to Indiana Lyme Connect’s Campaign to Raise $20k for Indiana Physician Education for Lyme Disease.
Indiana Lyme Connect is a non-profit, all volunteer, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 100% of donations will be used to advance the mission of the organization including but not limited to local Indiana support groups, awareness projects and health-care professional educational materials/events. Donate Here.
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.
Our Values include:
- Compassion for those suffering with Lyme Borreliosis Complex
- Advocating for the Lyme community
- Building bridges to the medical community
- Respecting those with differing views
Lyme Disease and Co-Infections
The epidemic of our time and prevalent in Indiana
How is Lyme Disease spread other than through ticks? Whole families and babies are diagnosed with Lyme. …
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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