After tick bite: Quick to Remove the disease-lowers risk

If you find a tick on yourself, you should remove it as soon as possible. You sucked in for longer than twelve hours, increases the risk of infection with Borrelia bacteria.

The patient representative of the Federal government, Prof. Claudia Schmidtke points. Depending on the Region in Germany up to one-third of the ticks are infected with Borrelia bacteria.

Schmidtke stressed at the same time, Not every bite of an infected tick leads to the contagion, a disease. And often, infections are also unnoticed.

You developed but complaints, is a rapid visit to the doctor is advisable: the earlier the antibiotic treatment can start, the greater the chances of recovery were, in order that it’ll not lead to severe disease or late effects.

Typical signs of Lyme disease is redness of the Wall, a ring-shaped redness of the skin, which is in the middle paler than on the edge and slowly spreads.

This develop three to 30 days after the tick bite in the area of the injection site. Other symptoms are similar to those of a flu: head and limb pain, and increased temperature, for example.

In contrast to the also of tick-borne early summer meningoencephalitis (FSME), is there against Lyme disease no vaccination.

The more important it is to protect yourself on trips in the nature with sturdy footwear, and ideally a long dress and then the body thoroughly after the small animals search.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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