LYME DISEASE STOPPER
Dear Mister SASB, I live out in the woods with three dogs. I get a lot of ticks on me. No Lyme disease yet but it’s just a matter of time!!! Is there anything I should do? – WoodyLane5
There sure is, Woody. You should move to the city.
You’re right to worry. Lyme disease can be nasty. And you can’t be hauling yourself off to the clinic every time a tick sticks its bloody proboscis into your sweet epidermis. But, if the tick bite that you choose to ignore happens to carry a bacterium called lime borreliosis, suckiness will be knocking at your door. Soon you will have headaches, joint pain, and possible “organ damage”. How does THAT sound?
But a group of researchers (Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig and others) is testing a new gel. If a tick bites you, all you will have to do is remove the tick (make sure you get the head) and slap their gell on the bite. After that? No worries.
I hope testing goes well. For Woody’s sake.
Image credits” Yersinia Pestis.
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