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Medical Monday: Ticks and disease

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – The heat and humidity might be keeping many of us indoors, but for those who want to soak up all the summer they can, ticks pose another threat.

Gundersen Health infectious disease specialist Dr. David McNamara talked about some of the main concerns with tick-borne illness Monday on Daybreak. Lyme disease, he said, is the most common, but it’s not the only problem ticks can cause. They’re also responsible for human granulocytic anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

When it comes to Lyme disease, there are some signs to watch out for:

  • A skin rash that often looks like a bull’s-eye, but can be a solid red, oval patch
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain, stiffness and swelling of joints

Dr. McNamara said it’s important to do tick checks on yourself and on family and pets when venturing outdoors. Ticks are more active this year because of the wet start to spring and summer.

 

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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