Tick Removal & Lyme Disease Testing in Norwalk, CT
If you have experienced a tick bite in the Norwalk, CT area, then DOCS Urgent Care is here to care for you. We offer both affordable and quality treatments for people in the Norwalk area, providing board certified physicians and trained professionals for all patients. We perform tests to look for and treat Lyme disease. We operate on both appointments and walk in patients, so please come when you can. We are open Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-5pm.
If you have questions or any concerns about the appointment, feel free to call beforehand. Scheduling an appointment can promote quicker service and treatment. We ask our patients to provide photo identification and an updated insurance card. We further offer a provided form online, which Norwalk patients can download for swift treatments. We are committed to caring for all of our patients.
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE
DOCS URGENT CARE – NORWALK
677 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854
PHONE: (203) 298-9752
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-6PM
Why get tested?
Nature is lovely and can be great to enjoy on long walks during either summertime or the cooler fall months. During this time, however, ticks like to come out as well. Ticks are known to carry a variety of viruses and bacteria that can ultimately lead to diseases. This applies for both humans and animals. Prominent on the East Coast and Norwalk area is the Ixodes Scapularis, which frequently carries Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is contracted by being bitten by a tick that has picked it up from an infected animal.
When you experience a tick bite, do not hesitate to get tested and treated for Lyme Disease. If you live near heavily wooded areas or parks with long grass, be especially careful. Working outside, particularly in high brush, can expose you to more ticks. Visiting DOCS Urgent Care can help the people of Norwalk avoid Lyme Disease and prevent any unnecessary complications.
getting checked for lyme
There are different symptoms for Lyme Disease to be on the look out for. First and foremost, if you have been bitten by a tick or pulled one off recently, you should look into treatment. If you find a ring-like rash on your body, you should also be treated. DOCS Urgent Care helps the people of Norwalk feel safe and healthy with professional treatments. Various symptoms may occur, such as the following. If you experience any of these, visit us as soon as possible:
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
Our treatment process is professional and trustworthy, always taking into consideration the comfort of our Norwalk patients. We first perform a blood test to check for potentially infected antibodies and bacteria. This is typically the Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test. Occasionally, a patient who is infected will show up negative on the test. Similarly, someone who is experiencing symptoms could falsely test as positive. Differing factors, such as immunity and timing since infection, could play a role in this. Accurate test results are usually pulled in the 3-week range.
The recovery is typically quick if the diagnosis is determined early, such as the first month of infection. If treatment is not taken, there are more extensive treatments to diminish and relieve 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
When you locate a tick on your body, take careful measures to properly remove it. This can decrease the likelihood of receiving Lyme Disease.
- Using only fine-tipped tweezers, gently grab the tick.
- Steadily, pull it upward without squeezing or twisting, as to avoid leaving part of the tick stuck inside.
- After safely removing the tick, gently wash the bitten area with soap and water. If available, also wash with rubbing alcohol and iodine scrub.
- With the tick removed, wrap is up in a napkin, tape, or cloth, then place it in a sealed bag or container. You can also submerge the tick in alcohol.
The Care When You Need It in Norwalk
DOCS Urgent Care is the trusted decision for the Norwalk, CT area. If you have immediate needs or concerns, please give us a call or come to our office. Our professionally trained physicians are here to serve you and provide quality treatments and affordable prices. Your health is our priority.