Tick & Lyme Testing and Treatment in Southington, CT
At Docs Urgent Care in Southington, CT our providers are highly familiar with tick-borne Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne condition in the U.S. Our board-certified doctors offer affordable testing and treatment for Lyme disease. Before you come in, we encourage you to fill out our online form and bring it with you when you visit our Southington, CT location.
At your convenience, our clinic accepts appointments or walk-ins at our Southington, CT clinic seven days a week. Our business hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to Friday. On the weekend, we’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your health insurance information along with your photo ID. Our clinic accepts most health insurances.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – SOUTHINGTON
832 Queen Street, Southington, CT 06489
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM
Why get tested?
Even if hiking is not your thing, it can be really nice to enjoy a long walk on a trail through a wooded area during the summer and fall. Unfortunately, ticks are also prevalent during these times of the year. This isn’t a good thing for us because ticks are capable of giving us viruses, germs, and bacteria that can be harmful to our health and even the health of our pets.
The tick called Ixodes Scapularis, also known as the deer tick, lives in wooded and brush-filled areas all along the eastern region of the U.S. This specific species is a carrier of Lyme disease. Once you finish hiking or walking in these types of regions, shower and check every area of your skin for ticks.
It’s also imperative to check for ticks if you work in thick brush or wooded areas every few hours and when you get home. If you suspect a tick bite or begin to show symptoms of Lyme disease, visit our office in Southington, CT to get tested. It’s necessary to get diagnosed and treated early in order to lower your risk of complications.
getting checked for lyme
Visit our Docs Urgent Care in Southington, CT to get checked for Lyme disease to avoid serious complications. If you removed a tick or notice a bulls-eye rash, you need to come into our office for testing. Come in as soon as possible if you’ve noticed any of the symptoms below.
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 medical team administers a blood test known as the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. It indicates if antibodies have developed in the blood in response to the disease. The Western blot test is usually performed to confirm the diagnosis. Testing is not always 100 percent accurate in the first couple of weeks, which is why you must write your symptoms down.
If we can diagnose the illness in the early stages, then it’s far easier to effectively treat it and you’ll heal quicker. If the disease progresses without any type of treatment then the associated neurological problems might possibly recur or become long lasting. Don’t wait; visit our Southington, CT medical professionals as soon as you suspect Lyme disease.
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
Check out the tick removal method 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.