Orange, CT Tick & Lyme Testing
DOCS Urgent Care in Orange, CT offers testing and affordable treatment for people who have been bitten by a tick. Our board-certified doctors test and treat our patients for Lyme disease associated with tick bites. We take walk-in patients seven days a week in our Orange, CT clinic. If you prefer to make an appointment, our hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to Friday. We’re open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.
Feel free to download our online form and fill it out prior to your appointment at the DOCS Urgent Care in Orange, CT. Don’t forget to bring your health insurance card and your photo ID. We take the majority of major insurance plans. We’ll work hard to get you the treatment you need.
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE
DOCS URGENT CARE – ORANGE
109 Boston Post Rd
Orange, CT 06477
PHONE: (203) 298-4599
FAX: (203) 298-4601
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-6PM
Why get tested?
Long walks and hiking are extremely enjoyable during the spring, summer, and fall. However, ticks also tend to be out in full force during this time. Ticks can pass along germs, bacteria, and viruses that can be deadly to our health and the health of our pets.
Of the ticks that bite, the Ixodes Scapularis resides in the brush and wooded regions along the eastern portion of the states. This particular species is a carrier of Lyme disease. After hiking in wooded or dense brush areas, check extensively for ticks and shower right after arriving home.
If you regularly work in areas like this, you should check for ticks every couple of hours. If you believe you’ve been bitten, then it’s critical that you have a doctor test you for Lyme disease in our Orange, CT office. Don’t wait. Early recognition and treatment are essential to decrease your risk of complications.
getting checked for lyme
To avoid serious complications of Lyme disease, come to our DOCS Urgent Care in Orange, CT, to be tested by our medical team. We will work quickly to get you the treatment you need. If you’ve recently found a tick on your body or see a bulls-eye rash, there’s the possibility of infection. If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms below, come in as a walk-in or make an appointment with our experts.
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
We conduct a blood test called Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. It checks for antibodies that develop in reaction to the disease. It sometimes produces a false positive in the first stages of the disease. The Western blot test is usually performed to confirm the diagnosis.
It’s often difficult to identify Lyme disease in the first few weeks of infection, which makes it important to write down all of your symptoms prior to visiting our Orange, CT clinic. If we catch it in the early stages of development, then it can be treated more effectively. If the disease is allowed to progress without treatment then it can cause further problems. Some of these might become permanent.
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
Follow the tick removal process below to avoid the risk of Lyme disease.
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin surface as possible. Pull straight up without squeezing or twisting it. If you twist, the head might break off beneath the skin.
- After removal, clean the tick bite area with soap and water.
- After cleaning, disinfect with rubbing alcohol or iodine.
- Never crush it with your fingers. Dispose of the tick by wrapping it in tape, placing in sealed bag/container, submerging it in alcohol, or by flushing it down the toilet.
- Wash your hands thoroughly when you have finished.
The Care When You Need It in Orange
Docs Urgent Care in Orange, CT is part of a larger Docs Urgent Care network that’s ready to help you with your Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment. If you’ve been bitten and infected, our medical professionals will work quickly to provide you with affordable and effective treatment. Our physicians in our Orange, CT clinic have years of experience in treating Lyme disease. Visit us, today!