The natural world is a beautiful place, and not always the friendliest place around. Could be why we spent thousands of years making it so we didn’t have to go outside. One such danger is Lyme Disease, and for those who spend time out in the wild (especially campers and hunters) it’s a danger they face every time they get an unwanted passenger in the form of a tick. National Lyme Disease Awareness Month reminds us to be vigilant, and to spread awareness to help save lives.
History of National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme disease is a potentially life-altering illness that is caused by bacteria transmitted from the bite of a tick. Unfortunately, the incidence of Lyme Disease is on the rise throughout the Western Hemisphere, as tick populations are expanding due to climate change. To combat this spread, many people participate in National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and help educate the public about the symptoms and cause of Lyme Disease. Many regions and municipalities organize events and fundraisers to raise funds for research, and people wear green ribbons or replace their porch lights with green bulbs.
It is important to educate people about Lyme Disease, because it is often misdiagnosed. Early symptoms can include a rash, fever, headaches and fatigue. If the disease is left untreated, it can result in joint and heart problems, chronic pain, and cognitive problems such as difficulties concentrating or remembering things. As with many diseases, treatment is more effective if Lyme Disease is diagnosed early. Needless to say it’s absolutely vital that awareness is spread and people learn how to protect themselves, their families, and their pets from this potentially dangerous disease.
How To Celebrate National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
If you have nature lovers in your family, make sure that they’re aware of the dangers involved with being bitten by ticks. Educate yourself and those you love about how to dress to minimize tick bites, as well as what to do when one is received, and what to watch out for that may indicate early signs of Lyme Disease.
The natural world is a wonderful place and we all want to be able to get out and spend more time in it, make sure you educate your friends and family on how to do it safely. National Lyme Disease Awareness Month is the perfect time to organize flier campaigns, and remind everyone to be just a little more alert for ticks.