Local GP, Dr Ian Pooleman of Tweeddale Medical Practice, visited Off Beat Bikes to enlighten staff and customers on factual information about ticks, their bites, treatment and the risk of Lyme Disease. The key learning points included:
- Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria which are transmitted to humans following a bite from an infected tick.
- Nymphs and adults are most likely to transmit the bacteria which develop in to Lyme Disease; nymphs can be very small (about the size of a poppy seed) and can easily be missed unless a careful inspection is carried out.
- Inspect yourself for ticks after exposure to woodland and fields.
- Whenever possible remove the tick within 24 hours of being bitten because infection generally occurs after 24 hours of attachment.
- If the area where you have been bitten develops into a circular rash or you develop other symptoms, such as non-specific flu-like symptoms (for example, fatigue, fever, headache), visit your GP.
These key points provided, by Ian, have been taken from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence website; read more here.
Forest Enterprise Tick Treatment and Advice
Forest Enterprise Safety Officer, John Ireland, provided This Ticked Off series of videos which provides a brief guide to ticks, tick-borne diseases and the measures you can take to protect yourself. Local Fort William GP, Dr Jim Douglas, features in many of these videos.
Ticked Off 1 – Overview
Ticked Off 2 – What are Ticks
Ticked Off 3 – Avoiding Ticks
Ticked Off 4 – Checking for Ticks
Ticked Off 5 – Tick Removal
Ticked Off: 6 – Lyme Disease Signs And Symptoms
For more information we do have a selection of leaflets on hand for customers to take away from the shop provided by Forest Enterprise or, visit the National Institute of Healthcare Excellence website, see here.
For more information on the NHS website, see here.
As mountain bikers, runners and outdoor enthusiasts we are all likely to get a tick bite at some point. Follow the above advice and if you’re in any doubt about your reaction to a bite contact a medical professional.