As the weather in Hampton Roads warms, outdoor activity is certain to increase. Local parks and beaches will fill with people. Hiking, biking, relaxing in the backyard…it’s nice to enjoy these activities after what seemed like a long winter. It’s important to be mindful of outdoor safety before you pack for a day at the Oceanfront, or that picnic at the state park. Mishaps can affect your health, and you’ll need to watch out for things like mosquitoes, poison ivy, and the risk of Lyme disease.
Humans contract Lyme disease from infected ticks. Symptoms may include headaches, fever, and fatigue. People suffering from Lyme disease often feel sapped of energy. If left untreated, this illness could contribute to later joint pain and cardiac problems. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
Lyme disease is preventable, provided you take proper care to protect yourself when you go outside. If you’ve planned a camping trip or a long hike in a heavily wooded area, be aware of your surroundings and remember these tips:
- Carry insect repellent. There are also wearable repellent devices available from outdoor shops, if you have an aversion to sprays.
- Wear long sleeves and leggings or pants. Shop around for special outerwear that offers SPF protection for added benefits.
- Inspect your clothing and exposed skin before leaving. Check your kids and pets, too.
- Shower when you get home, and wash your clothes as soon as possible. Keep these clothes separate from your other laundry, if possible.
If you do find a tick has attached itself to you, remove it immediately and contact your physician.
At Bon Secours, we work with patients who suffer joint pain brought on by injury, aging, and/or illness. If arthritis or another type of pain has limited your mobility and quality of life, our experts will work to find the best pain management and therapy program for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.