The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 5, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lyme disease a real lemon


Symptoms, diagnosis

If you or someone you know is chasing symptoms, one day i’ts joint pain on the right side, then the left, or your vision gets funky, stomach problems, then there’s the bad headaches, the list goes on. Oh sure, there’s maybe a chance they are a hypochondriac; or in all actuality they may have Lyme disease. There are over 100 symptoms of LD and no two people are the same.

This disease had been misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and so on. Lyme disease is easy to get, hard to diagnose and very difficult to treat. What works for one person may not work for another. When co-infections are present, it is even harder to manage.

Take precautions

I’ve had people ask me, “Aren’t you afraid to be in the woods?” Being diagnosed with L disease will not stop me from hunting. The bugs are out there. You just have to take precautions.

Insect repellent with DEET is the number one defense. Tuck your pants into your boots. Check your body (they like warm, moist areas) after being outside.

Tick, tick, tick...

If you find a tick, use rubber gloves and tweezers. Get to the buried head and pull gently in an up and outward motion. DO NO TWIST. This may cause a breakage of contaminated body fluid and don’t forget to disinfect the utensils. Place the tick in a sealed jar (I don’t recommend a zip-lock bag, one got out on me) and take it to the health department. They track the species that are invading our area.

Extra precaution

When gutting a deer, ALWAYS use rubber gloves. If the deer has LD and you have any small flesh wound, the contaminated blood can get into your blood.

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