Focus on Your Health

As spring steadily makes it’s way to the northeast, I can hear the spring peepers in the nearby pond serenade as I write this.  For me spring came almost as a surprise as the cool and overcast weather finally broke and lightened my day!  Lyme disease prevention is easy and only takes some forethought and action to protect yourself from a tick bite.

Many of us are worried and listen to the news at the expense of taking care of ourselves.  Consider taking news holidays and remember your interests.  You can always catch up. Things will slowly get better over time.

Now is good time to focus on your health.  I am usually pressed for time to exercise, but since working from home, I am trying to exercise twice a day. One vigorous session, then another milder workout.  Long walks count. If you need help deciding what to do, check out You Tube workouts as there are dozens of creative suggestions for how to move and get fit.  Create a fitness schedule that works for you.  As the spring merges into summer you will be happy with yourself for taking such good care of your health.  Becoming more fit helps with anxiety and depression and allows HOPE for the FUTURE.

Here are some You Tube video links and search terms you may find useful:

  1. Yoga with Adrienne:
  2. “Workout at home for beginners” shows countless options for getting fit

Lyme Disease Prevention

We have been getting calls from folks with tick bites.  Even though the weather has been cool, the ticks are making their way out from under the ground cover up onto low vegetation.  They are actively feeding after a mild winter so take care to protect yourself from getting Lyme disease.  Here are some tick bite prevention tips:

  1. Tuck your pants into your socks and shirt into your pants.  This simple precaution will protect your legs and torso.
  2. Many people get tick bites inside their home so after you come into your house from a environment where ticks could be found, take off your clothes before you enter your house and put them into the clothes dryer on the hot setting for a few minutes to kill hard-to-see ticks
  3. Have a set of clothing you wear when you may be exposed to ticks.  Spray your shoes and pants with Sawyer Permethrin spray (available at REI and Amazon) to deter the ticks from feeding on you.

If you encounter a tick bite you need to be treated.

Over 50% of the ticks carry Lyme disease and other co-infections.  While a tick attached for just a few hours is less dangerous than a tick attached for a few days, we commonly don’t know when we got bit.  Early treatment results in cure while untreated Lyme disease can cause years of symptoms.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you have been bitten by a tick and you need to be treated.

Tick bites and Lyme disease can be prevented!

Written By: Dr. Leon Hecht