Tick & Lyme Testing, Treatment in Danbury, CT
The trained professionals here at DOCS Urgent Care in Danbury provide quality, affordable care and treatment to those individuals suffering from tick bites. The On-Board Certified Physicians and Trained Professionals here at our Danbury clinic perform tests and provide personalized treatment to patients who present with Lyme’s disease due to a tick bite. Take advantage of our convenient walk in clinic Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm or Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm or call to schedule your appointment.
Our team of trained professionals are on hand to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have. You can contact our staff to book your appointment which requires you to bring with you a photo ID and your current insurance card. Take time out to contact our team today. We look forward to serving you and helping improve your health!
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DOCS URGENT CARE – DANBURY
1 Padanaram Rd
Why get tested?
Hiking and walking through the woods here in Danbury are a common adventure for many people. However, it is important to recognize that doing so whether in the summer, spring or fall, there are a wide range of pesky critters that can turn that exciting adventure into a painful situation. Such pests include the ever-popular, annoying ticks. Ticks carry bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that can cause diseases in animals and humans. While there are hundreds of known ticks, the most dangerous of all ticks to those of us here on the east coast is that of the Ixodes Scapularis which is the primary carrier of Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is spread by a tick first feeding off of an infected animal and then turning around and biting either another animal or a human.
If you have received a tick bite it is imperative that you get checked for Lyme’s Disease as soon as possible. If you have ventured off into the woods, work in brush, are outside all day, or have just wandered through the tall grass you are at a higher risk for being bitten by a tick and exposed to Lyme’s Disease. Getting tested for Lyme’s Disease quickly will prevent more complications that can be caused by the disease.
getting checked for lyme
If you have noticed a ring-like rash anywhere on your body or have recently pulled a tick off of your skin, then the odds are high that you may have been infected with Lyme’s Disease. Our dedicated team of specialists here at DOCS Urgent Care in Danbury are on hand to help. If you have any of the following symptoms don’t delay. Make an appointment or take advantage of our convenient walk-in services today:
Some Symptoms of a Tick Bite Will Include:
- Headaches, Fatigue, Muscle Aches
- Rash (Usually seen at the site of the tick bite)
Diagnosis & Treatment of lyme disease
If you think you may have Lyme’s Disease the skilled professionals here at our Danbury clinic will perform a blood test to test antibodies for bacteria that may be infected. This test, called the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test is used to detect traces of Lyme’s Disease. If you test positive with the ELISA then follow up testing will include a western-bolt test which helps to identify further issues. It’s important, however, to note that some infected people with all the symptoms could very well test as a false-positive. This is typically due to a number of factors including immunity and the fact that too short a period of time has lapsed since the individual was first infected. The most accurate test results will normally appear within 3 weeks.
If a Lyme’s Disease diagnosis is caught early on in the very early stages (typically within the first month of being infected), most people will recover quickly. If, however, a tick bite is left untreated for a longer period of time, there may be additional treatments required in order to alleviate pain.
Protect Yourself From Tick Bites
- Avoid Wooded Areas and High Grass
- Walk in Center of Trails
- Wear long sleeves and pants when working with brush or in other common area of ticks
- Use repellents that contain 20-30% DEET
- Use products that contain 0.5% permethrin on clothing.
- Examine clothes, backpacks and pets after coming back from any outdoor activity
If you suffer from a tick bite, it is important to follow the tick removal procedure so as to avoid a greater risk to Lyme disease. It is highly recommended that you use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick and remove it.
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick and pull stead and upward. Be sure not to squeeze or twist the tick because this could cause the mouth of the tick to get stuck in your skin.
- Once you have removed the tick, immediately wash the tick bite area with soap and water, rubbing alcohol or an iodine scrub
- Finally, to dispose of the tick removed, wrap it in tape, place it in a sealed bag or container or submerge the tick itself in alcohol.
The Care When You Need It in Danbury
DOCS Urgent Care in Danbury is part of the award-winning DOCS Urgent Care network that is managed by professional, board certified physicians whose primary goal is to help patients as quickly as possible and still provide them with the highest quality, affordable care this side of Connecticut.