Ticks are creepy and crawly, and no one likes them. What makes them worse is that some kinds of ticks carry diseases, like Lyme disease. When Lyme disease isn’t treated, it can lead to serious complications, such as arthritis and even cognitive impairment. If your older family member spends time outdoors, knowing the symptoms of Lyme disease can help them to get the treatment they need before complications arise.
Causes of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by different kinds of ticks around the world. In the United States, the disease is caused by the deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick. These ticks are very small, as tiny as a poppy seed when they are young. Because of their tiny size, they can be hard to see.
To get Lyme disease, an older adult must be bitten by a deer tick that is carrying the disease. Usually, the tick has to be attached to a human for between 36 and 48 hours to transmit the disease. While the tick is attached, bacteria from the bite gets into the senior’s blood stream, causing the disease.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
The most common and telling sign of Lyme disease is a bullseye shaped rash. Initially, there may be a small red bump where the tick was attached. The red area spreads and the center clears after a time, making it look like a target. The rash can appear within 3 days to a month of the bite.
Other symptoms that may occur are:
- Stiff neck
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
If the disease isn’t detected and treated early, other symptoms may appear over time, such as:
- The rash may spread to other parts of the body.
- Joint pain, especially in the knees.
- Neurological symptoms like Bell’s palsy and numbness or weakness in limbs.
If your older family member is diagnosed with Lyme disease, home care can help them while they recover. A home care provider can remind the senior to take medications for treating the disease.
If the disease went unnoticed for a time and complications have occurred, a home care provider can help to manage the long-term effects. For example, a home care provider can help an older adult with arthritis due to Lyme disease to walk safely without falling due to arthritis pain. Home care providers can also keep a senior with cognitive impairment safe by supervising them when family caregivers cannot be there.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Glenolden, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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