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Don't Let Warm Summer Nights Lead to Lyme

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2023 11:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Camping - Summer - Lyme - Ticks

Don't let unwanted guests ruin your summer nights! 

With the warmer weather approaching you are probably spending more time outdoors. It is important to always take preventative measures against ticks when planning to spend an extended amount of time outside. 

Ticks can be brought in via clothing and it is important to not only check yourself and your family, but your clothing too. Make sure to thoroughly dry clothing after washing, or tumble dry on high heat after spending a day outside in them before wearing around the house just in case. Lyme is no joke and tick prevention and safety is imperative.

Lyme is spread by ticks carried by deer, chipmunks, squirrels, cats, dogs, birds and much more.

Ticks are associated with Lyme disease and other co-infections such as Borrelia, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasia, Bartonella, Rickettsia infections :RMSF , Q-fever, Typhus, Tularemia, etc. The incidence of tick-borne co-infections is rising. The Deer Tick virus rates have increased from 1-2% to 5-6% in four years.

Even if you do not frequent the great outdoors, it is still important to be on the lookout for ticks. The CDC offers this guide full of tips on preventing ticks on yourself and family, pets and keeping them out of your yard! Check it out.

Don't forget to check:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around the hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

Ticks have been referred to as "nature's dirty needle".  Lyme-infected ticks transmit Lyme and a host of co-infections that keep patients chronically ill long after initial treatments.  Drugs used for Lyme are not as effective for co-infections long-term. Antibiotics can be effective when newly diagnosed, but they do not work well for long-term chronic infections. Most of our patients have been misdiagnosed for 6-20 years. Some I.V. antibiotics cause severe gallstones which can mean an emergency surgery while others are responsible for extreme Herx reactions. We do not experience these kinds of problems with ozone. 

If you know you have a tick - remove it safely and save the tick. You can send it off for analysis to a lab in PA to check for Lyme and other co-infections. This may save time and money to know what the tick is carrying. I recommend that you call us for an ozone injections directly into the tick bite site to help stop the spread of infection while you are waiting for results. They will not offer this at the hospital.

We test and treat Lyme and co-infections.  Ozone Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for Lyme and co-infections.  Let's discuss which Lyme test is the best test for you. You have testing choices and treatment options. We have specialized medicines from Germany for Lyme disease and co-infections.

No matter what your pathogen is named we are the first and only I.V. ozone therapy clinic in Rockland County.  I.V. Ozone is safe and effective at eliminating viruses, bacterium and fungal infections. 

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
For all appointments: Tel: 845 358-8385 Fax: 845 358-2963