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Old 06-02-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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Permethrin works better than DEET. They sell it in Walmart as Permaone.
Just have to remember to pre-treat with permethrin. The kind we use at work has to be sprayed over the clothes and then the clothes have to dry before you go out. Lasts through a few washings, if you wash them separately.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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I got bit by one of those ticks a few years ago out in Yaphank. I bugged out for a few days and convinced myself I had lyme disease, but I haven't started foaming at the mouth or running through town with my underwear on my head yet so I think I'm safe.
Should have your doctor run a lyme test next time you get blood work just to be sure.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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Should have your doctor run a lyme test next time you get blood work just to be sure.
yeah, last year I had both a small and large tick embedded in my feet. Went to the dr two days later, he ran a "titer" ,which I believe was a baseline blood test. Told me to come back in 3-4 weeks unless rings appeared (if rings show, then come earlier).
I waited the 4 weeks, they did another test and said I was fine.
Dr advised against taking the antibiotic unless they know for sure it's lyme disease...
One thing he mentioned, if the tick is embedded less than 72 hours, risk of lyme disease is rare.
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:54 AM
 
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yeah, last year I had both a small and large tick embedded in my feet. Went to the dr two days later, he ran a "titer" ,which I believe was a baseline blood test. Told me to come back in 3-4 weeks unless rings appeared (if rings show, then come earlier).
I waited the 4 weeks, they did another test and said I was fine.
Dr advised against taking the antibiotic unless they know for sure it's lyme disease...
One thing he mentioned, if the tick is embedded less than 72 hours, risk of lyme disease is rare.
I heard 24 hours are needed for the disease to be transmitted. I've had Lyme twice. It was worse the second time. I get tested annually now to see if there is a spike in my Lyme Titer. And I stay out of the woods and off the grass as much as possible in suspect areas.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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yeah, last year I had both a small and large tick embedded in my feet. Went to the dr two days later, he ran a "titer" ,which I believe was a baseline blood test. Told me to come back in 3-4 weeks unless rings appeared (if rings show, then come earlier).
I waited the 4 weeks, they did another test and said I was fine.
Dr advised against taking the antibiotic unless they know for sure it's lyme disease...
One thing he mentioned, if the tick is embedded less than 72 hours, risk of lyme disease is rare.
That's great news! A former boss of mine has a home on Fire Island and he got it a couple of times. He even had to wear some sort of contraption to work that was like a pump which I assume was full of liquid antibiotics. A former neighbor of mine also got it more than once. He used to fish and do outdoors stuff in Suffolk a lot. He had an IV thing set up at home.

Also watch out for your pets! When my brother used to live in Suffolk, his dog got it.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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I heard 24 hours are needed for the disease to be transmitted. I've had Lyme twice. It was worse the second time. I get tested annually now to see if there is a spike in my Lyme Titer. And I stay out of the woods and off the grass as much as possible in suspect areas.
I found this website that explains how the bacteria is transmitted - interesting and pretty gross !
As you mentioned can be 24 hours or less, but over 36 is the norm..


Lyme Disease Transmission: Warding off the Disease | Suite101.com
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