A serious illness
Diagnosing and treating Lyme disease
As with many other diseases, prevention remains the weapon of choice to defend against Lyme disease. First, you must decide whether to engage in high-risk activities in a designated area, such as hiking, picnicking, bird watching, gardening or golfing near a wooded area, picking wild fruit or mushrooms, etc. Certain jobs, such as biologist, wildlife officer or any other activity in nature, are obviously higher risk.
According to public health agencies, the other aspect of prevention is based on simple and effective measures:
- Avoid tall grass and wear long, light-coloured clothing (to help you see the ticks); wear a hat and closed shoes, keep exposed skin to a minimum and use insect repellent on unprotected skin.
- After the activity, thoroughly inspect your body and that of your children.
- Use a mirror or ask someone for help to see less visible areas such as your back or the top of your head. Immediately and carefully remove any ticks from the body.
- Examine your equipment and pets carefully and ideally, take a shower and a bath within two hours after the activity.
With these simple precautions, you should be able to enjoy the many benefits of being active in the great outdoors!