Tick & Lyme Testing & Treatment in Connecticut

When we spend our time outside, especially in areas that are wooded or have tall grass, you are at a high risk of coming in contact with 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 to people on the east coast include Ixodes Scapularis which is the primary carrier of Lyme Disease.  When a tick feeds from an infected animal, they pick up the disease. If that tick then bites you they are passing along the disease.

Every time you spend time outside, it’s best to get checked for any ticks.If you work in brush or are outside all day, you are at a higher risk for being exposed to Lyme’s Disease. Come to DOCS Urgent Care of Connecticut to get tested and proper treatment. Not treating this illness can come with extreme complications.

QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE

DOCS URGENT CARE – BETHEL

ADDRESS
6 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801

PHONE
(203) 408-6409

FAX
(203) 917-4930

HOURS
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM

Why get tested?

When we spend our time outside, especially in areas that are wooded or have tall grass, you are at a high risk of coming in contact with 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 to people on the east coast include Ixodes Scapularis which is the primary carrier of Lyme Disease.  When a tick feeds from an infected animal, they pick up the disease. If that tick then bites you they are passing along the disease.

Every time you spend time outside, it’s best to get checked for any ticks.If you work in brush or are outside all day, you are at a higher risk for being exposed to Lyme’s Disease. Come to DOCS Urgent Care of Connecticut to get tested and proper treatment. Not treating this illness can come with extreme complications.

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’s. DOCS Urgent Care of Connecticut is dedicated to keeping you safe, especially during tick season. 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.

Some Symptoms of a Tick Bite Will Include:

  •  Fever/Chills
  • Headaches, Fatigue, Muscle Aches
  • Nausea
  • Rash (Usually seen at the site of the tick bite)
 

Diagnosis & Treatment of lyme disease

At DOCS Urgent Care we serve all of our Connecticut patients with a lyme diagnosis along with treatment options. This test checks for antibodies that may be infected. Using an Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test, we can determine diagnosis and alter proper treatments. For some people infected with the disease, symptoms may not always show. Similarly, people who are not affected may be registered as falsely positive. This could be a result of several different factors, but with DOCS Urgent Care, we seek to provide our patients with accurate and quality treatments.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Lymes or notice any symptoms, contact your local DOCS physician as soon as possible.

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
 

Tick Removal

If you spot a tick, follow these tick removal steps to reduce the risk of Lyme disease. Fine-tipped tweezers should be used to remove the tick.

  1. Grasp the tick with fine-tipped tweezers.
  2. While grasping the tick with fine-tipped tweezers, pull upward while keeping your hand steady. It is important not to squeeze or twist the tick, as this may cause the mouth of the tick to get stuck.
  3. After the tick is removed, wash the tick bite and surrounding areas with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or iodine scrub.
  4. It is important to take cautionary measures when disposing of the tick. Wrap the tick in tape, place in a sealed bag or container, or submerge the tick in alcohol.

The Care When You Need It in Connecticut

DOCS Urgent Care is committed to providing our Connecticut patients with high quality, affordable care. Book an appointment or walk-in for easy and effective tick and lyme disease care.