11 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Lyme

In my last post, I shared my daughter's story and tips to help you catch Lyme disease early. But how can we protect ourselves from getting it in the first place? Studies show at least 20% of people with Lyme disease don't remember a rash, and the number could be as high as 73%. And, unfortunately, the other symptoms can mimic everything from the flu to rheumatoid arthritis. Many with Lyme have been misdiagnosed with depression, multiple sclerosis, or chronic fatigue syndrome. So how can we decrease our chances of getting this debilitating disease? I wish I could tell you the tips are easy, but for busy moms and nature-lovers like me, they certainly aren't. However, they might just prevent our minds and bodies from giving out on us before their time. So here they are! The more we do, and the more often we do them, the more we'll lower our risk of getting Lyme disease. When hiking, playing outdoors, or doing yard work from the spring through the fall, take the following precautions: • Wear hats, long-sleeved shirts, and pants tucked into socks. (Lighter-colored clothing is best, because it makes it ... [ read more ]

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