Spending time outdoors is great for your health
And now that the weather is warmer many of us will be heading into the countryside as an ideal location. However the great outdoors can hold unknown dangers. Moorland, forestry and long grass, for instance, are the ideal environments for ticks, and a bite from a tick can cause you more problems than the initial discomfort, potentially leading to Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is currently a hidden condition
Once the initial tell tale rash and flu like symptoms have passed diagnosis can be difficult with the current standard tests often not detecting that anything is amiss. Worse still, many people are unaware that they have been bitten in the first place or may never get those classic first symptoms. By the time they realise anything is wrong the condition is very set in but possibly unidentifiable as to what it actually is.
The main culprit is the Borrelia bacteria
Ticks carry the Borrelia bacteria which is one of the main causal factors in Lyme Disease. Lyme develops when the Borrelia bacteria spreads throughout the body. The condition can be hard to treat due to the difficulties in identifying Lyme for what it is, and the wide range of symptoms it can produce. A therapy such as Bioresonance, for instance, can prove to be useful in not only identifying the potential presence of Borrelia but also in dealing with this offending bacteria and associated co infections whilst helping to strengthen that all important immune system.
However, as with everything, prevention is always better than a cure!
So along with ensuring that your immune system is healthy and can therefore fight off any possible consequences of a bite, avoiding exposure to the Borrelia bacteria also helps.
To keep yourself bite free whilst enjoying the countryside try the following:
- Wear long sleeved tops and trousers when out walking, especially if walking on moorland, in the forestry or in long grass.
- Wear sturdy footwear – walking boots are ideal. Avoid sandals, open toes, or lightweight trainers or shoes.
- Tuck the bottom of trousers into socks.
- Check seating and sleeping areas regularly when camping, etc for ticks and remove carefully.
- If you’ve been bitten, or think you might have been, then seek medical assistance as soon as possible especially if symptoms occur.
And of course remember that ticks are not the only small creatures we share our great outdoors with! Many other insects, including spiders and mosquitoes, can take a bite out of us, and by doing so pass on either their own venom, collections of bacteria, viruses and parasites collected from their previous ‘meal’ or a combination of the two! Keep your immune system strong to help your system deal effectively with the aftermath of any bites you may get and consider using a natural insect repellent as further protection – Citronella for one of my favourites.
And just as an aside, the new Rayonex upgrade available at the Practice now includes greater detail to help deal with bites even more effectively with new frequencies to cover the various strains of Borrelia, different spider bites and also snake bites, a particular problem for animals. Just get in touch if you would like to discuss this in more detail!