New Milford, CT Tick & Lyme Testing
Docs Urgent Care of New Milford provides quality care and affordable treatment for people who have suffered from a tick bite. Our On-Board Certified Physicians and Trained Professionals can help determine if you have developed Lyme Disease and treatments you can consider. Feel free to walk in or book an appointment anytime. We are open on weekedays from 8am-5pm.
Don’t forget to bring your photo ID and current insurance card to your visit. You may also download the provided form for a faster visit with us at Docs Urgent Care of New Milford. We look forward to helping you feel better and live a healthier life!
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE
DOCS URGENT CARE – NEW MILFORD
141A Danbury Rd.
New Milford, CT 06776
WEEKDAYS : 9AM-5PM
WEEKENDS : CLOSED
Why get tested?
When we go for brisk walks or lengthy adventures in the summer and fall months, our friendly pests, the ticks, come out to visit. Great for us, right? Not really. 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 to people on the east coast include Ixodes Scapularis which is the primary carrier of Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is spread by a tick feeding off of an infected animal, and then biting another animal or human.
It’s especially pertinent to get checked for Lyme’s Disease if you’ve been in any wooded or tall grass areas. If you work in brush or are outside all day in New Milford, you are at a higher risk for being exposed to Lyme’s Disease. Getting tested at DOCS Urgent Care of New Milford will help prevent further complications caused by Lyme’s Disease.
getting checked for lyme
If you’ve pulled a tick off of you recently, or find a ring-like rash, it’s possible that you could be infected with Lyme Disease. Our friendly staff at Docs Urgent Care of New Milford want to help you get treated and stay protected. Review the following symptoms and make an appointment or come in right away if you have experienced any of these after being in areas with ticks in New Milford.
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
A blood test is conducted to test antibodies for bacteria that may be infected. The usual test is the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. If this test is positive, a Western blot test is also used to test for further issues. It’s important to note that not all people infected will come up as positive and someone who experiences all the symptoms could test as a false-positive. This is due to several factors including immunity and too short a time of being tested since the date of infection. The most accurate test results usually appear within 3 weeks.
Most people will recover fast if the diagnoses is caught in the early stages within the first month of being infected. If gone untreated for longer, there may be additional treatments needed 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 find a tick on your body, follow this proper tick removal procedure to avoid greater risk to Lyme Disease.
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp tick.Pull upward and steady, making sure not to squeeze or twist. You do not want the mouth of tick to get stuck in the skin.
- Pull upward and steady, making sure not to squeeze or twist. You do not want the mouth of tick to get stuck in skin. After removal, wash tick bite area with soap and water, rubbing alcohol or iodine scrub.
- After removal, wash tick bite area with soap and water, rubbing alcohol or iodine scrub.
- Dispose of tick by wrapping in tape, placing in sealed bag/container or submerging tick in alcohol.
The Care You Need, When You Need It in New Milford
Docs Urgent Care of New Milford is part of the larger Docs Urgent Care network that is managed by professional and qualified physicians. Our goal is to help you as quickly as possible, yet still provide quality and affordable care. We have reliable, safe tick and lyme testing and treatments at our New Milford location. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us!