Which insect repellent should you use? How can you tick-proof your clothing? How do long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored clothing help to prevent tick bites? What should you include in a tick removal kit?
Lyme Disease Prevention and Action
Empowering you to safely enjoy the outdoors. Helping you to take the right steps if you're bitten by a tick.
You can protect yourself against Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can spread to humans and pets through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. Mild symptoms can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. But Lyme disease can become serious, especially if not treated early.
That's why you need to know what to do to reduce your risk of Lyme disease if you're bitten by a tick — and the risk factors and symptoms that might point to a diagnosis.
But don't let concern about Lyme disease keep you inside. You can take steps before you go outside, once you’re outdoors, and after you get home to prevent tick bites on yourself, your children, and your pets so you can safely enjoy the outdoors.
Preventing Tick Bites
The key to preventing Lyme disease is avoiding tick bites. The best way to do this is through a combination of using insect repellents, dressing appropriately, tick-proofing your clothing and gear, and carrying a tick removal kit with you when you’re outdoors. Each of these steps adds an extra layer of protection.
Like humans, pets can also get Lyme disease from a tick bite. And even if a pet is vaccinated against Lyme disease or wears a tick collar, it can still bring ticks inside the house that pose a risk to you. Preventing tick bites on your pets is an important way to protect them, you, and your family.
If you find a tickDo you know what to do if you find a tick on yourself or your child?
Don’t panic. A tick — or even a tick bite — doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get Lyme disease or another tick-borne infection. However, you do need to act promptly to remove the tick.
We'll walk you through the seven steps you should follow to properly remove an attached tick.
Stages and Symptoms
Learning about Lyme disease stages can help you know what symptoms you might experience. You’ll also be able to watch for signs that could mean that your Lyme disease has progressed. Lyme disease symptoms are more likely to progress if you have not been appropriately treated.
Diagnosis and Testing
A Lyme disease diagnosis can be straightforward or tricky. Learn what symptoms and risk factors your doctor might ask you about, which tests you may need to take, what your test results mean, and what the next steps should be.
Be Safe at HomeProtect Your Yard From Ticks
Your yard may be your sanctuary, but it may also be home to black-legged ticks, the tiny pests that can infect you with Lyme disease and other illnesses. Modifications to your yard can reduce your chances of coming into contact with ticks.
Risk factors and symptoms
If you think you may have Lyme disease, but your doctor hasn’t considered it or has ruled it out before testing you for it, here’s how you can start a conversation: Give your doctor a list of Lyme disease symptoms and risk factors, and ask them if, given your own symptoms and risk factors, Lyme disease could be a possible cause and whether you should be tested.
Download a printable checklist of Lyme disease risk factors and symptoms.
For teachers and coaches
Teachers and coaches can help decrease the risk of tick bites when watching children at recess or coaching them outdoors. Adults responsible for children during outside activities should know what to do if a child has a tick. Prompt attention can help prevent Lyme disease.
Download a printable document to share with your child's teachers and coaches.