Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease may include:
- Rash, sometimes shaped like a bull's eye
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Consult your health care provider right away if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick or if you visited a known ‘at risk’ area for Lyme disease. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the greater the chance of a successful treatment.
If you saved the tick that bit you, bring it to your medical appointment. Tell your doctor:
- How long you estimate that the tick was attached to you
- Where you were when you were bitten by the tick
Here are just some ways to help prevent tick bites this summer:
- Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants to spot ticks more easily
- Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs
- Use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin on your skin and clothing (always follow the directions on the label)
- Walk on cleared paths or walkways
- Do a daily full-body check for ticks on yourself and your children, especially in the hair, under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs and around the waist
As part of this campaign, Scouts Canada and PHAC have developed a comprehensive program designed to help Scouting youth and their families:
- Understand the risk of tick bites and Lyme disease
- Recognize ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease
- Increase awareness around climate change and how this can affect tick populations and geographic distribution
- Connect ticks and Lyme disease to the Earth & Science Personal Achievement Badges (PAB) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Provide resources for further learning, bite prevention and safety tips
- Enjoy the outdoors safely this summer!
Learn more about tick and Lyme disease by checking out these great resources.
For even more information on ticks and Lyme disease, visit PHAC’s website at http://www.canada.ca/Lymedisease
Scouters can find a Tick and Lyme disease module on the David Heustis Learning Center and can learn in-depth information on ticks, Lyme disease and prevention.