While nice weather brings on plenty of outdoor fun and activity in the Lakes Region, it also leads to an increase in the amount of tick bite cases that we treat in our Laconia Doctor's Office. If not removed properly, the head of the tick may actually stay lodged in the skin and continue to burrow deeper. This common mistake often leads to infection, so it is important to use tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. An infection will most likely require prescription antibiotics to be cured.
The Lakes Region has also seen a recent increase in the amount of cases of Lyme's Disease, which is transmitted by Deer Tick bites. Since mild winters tend to lead to an increase in the tick population, 2012 is shaping up to be banner year for the amount of tick bites and Lyme's Disease cases that we will treat. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a deer tick and are not showing any of the common symptoms of Lyme's Disease, we advise you to play it safe and have us take a blood test to determine if you have been infected. If you are positively diagnosed with Lyme's Disease, we will be able to treat it with antibiotics.