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Jul 27, 2015
Does your family plan to spend time outdoors this summer? The outdoors can be a fun and exciting way to get out of the house, but it’s important to be prepared, as wooded areas can harbor ticks and ticks can carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is an inflammatory disease transmitted from the bite of an infected blacklegged (or deer) tick. Since ticks are most active during the summer months, the majority of tick-transmitted infections occur in the summertime.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by an infected deer tick. Deer ticks are harbored in wooded areas and high grass. When walking through the woods, it is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, tucking pants into socks. For exposed skin, spray a tick repellent. Try to walk in the center of the trail to avoid areas of high grass or leaf litters. In the event that you find yourself with a tick bite, the first few hours are critical. Lyme disease takes time to move from the tick to its host, so it’s essential to wash off and check for ticks after coming indoors. If you spot a tick on your skin, here are a few helpful tips on how to remove it:
a. If the mouth remains, remove the mouthparts from the skin. b. If you are unable to remove the mouth from the skin, clean the infected area and let the skin heal.
If contracted, symptoms will show up within 30 days of the tick bite. Lyme disease symptoms may include:
Patients treated with the appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Commonly used antibiotics include:
However, if Lyme disease is left untreated, it can cause rheumatic, cardiac and neurological issues, such as:
At The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, we promote healthy living and active lifestyles. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a tick and are experiencing any symptoms of Lyme disease, it is important to consult a doctor to establish treatment options. Due to the rheumatic complications that can arise from Lyme disease, rheumatologists typically treat it and our very own Dr. Jason Wu is a leading rheumatologist. Board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology, he is a prominent physician in joint and muscle pain. For more information regarding Lyme disease or to set up an appointment with Dr. Wu, contact us today.
Jul 27, 2018
It’s ironic that we never really think about our backs, until they’re the only thing we can think about. Chronic back pain makes everyday life difficult and stressful, and sudden back pain can feel as if it completely incapacitates you. And if you or your pediatrician notice a curvature in your child’s spine that can signify scoliosis, there can seem to be no end to the worry. You can relax, because the focused, specific care you need is here, at the Spine Center at The...Read more
Jul 26, 2018
The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey’s 15th Annual Sports Medicine Conference boasted a capacity crowd at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. Featuring Philadelphia Eagles trainers Joe O’Pella and Monte Wong, the conference program offered physicians and certified athletic trainers a chance to mingle with other professionals in their field and get up to speed on the latest in medical practices and techniques. For the trainers, it was also an opportunity to pick up three hours..Read more