Ticks: small but dangerous

Since Catherine Turgon was bitten by a tick, her life has changed forever. She suffers from Lyme disease, as do many eastern townspeople like her.

“It’s annoying, because sometimes my desire to do things is there, but my body just doesn’t follow through,” Estrin expressed in an interview with TVA Nouvelles on Tuesday.

She had not seen ticks at the time. When doctors discovered the tick left, Catherine was in the third stage of the disease. “They are very small and do a lot of damage,” added Catherine Turgon.

Eastern suburbs affected by Lyme disease

Last year, 149 people in Estée tested positive for Lyme disease out of a total of 273 people in Quebec, making this area the hardest-hit by the disease in the province.

The black-legged tick can transmit Borrelia burgdorferi. A tick bite leaves a visible mark on the skin. “The tick leaves a red mark and a target around it,” Pharmacist Eliot Joel explained.

The tick should be quickly removed from the skin, but it should not be done with your fingers or eyebrow tweezers. It is best to use forceps made specifically to extract the tick. “Brow tweezers can leave the head inside the skin, and it’s the head that transmits disease,” Joel said.

There are also many preventive measures to reduce the risk of being bitten by a tick. How do you protect yourself? Stay on trails and avoid brushing plants while hiking, use mosquito repellent DEET or icaridin, wear long clothes that cover all the skin, pale in color, place clothes in the dryer on high heat before washing them in hot water and check their bodies for potential ticks, as well as take a shower.

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