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Sudden reddening of the skin can indicate Lyme disease

If the temperatures slowly increase after winter, the ticks also become active. Although the number of tick-borne infectious diseases declined last year, there are still cases of Lyme disease and early summer meningo-encephalitis (TBE), which can be life-threatening.

Lyme disease in children often with spherical blue-red swelling of the skin. A long winter with temperatures down to minus 20 degrees cannot harm ticks. The activity of arachnids increases again at plus five to six degrees. Then they look for host animals for their blood meal such as hedgehogs, foxes, mice and other forest mammals. Humans are not spared by the little bloodsuckers either. Although a tick bite is not dangerous at first, the animals can transmit borrelia with their saliva, which causes Lyme disease. If a tick bite is found, the tick should be removed as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection. If there is redness around the bite, medical advice should be sought immediately. Typically, antibiotics are prescribed.

As Curt Beil from the Professional Association of German Neurologists in Krefeld informs, the skin around the affected area in children swells mostly spherically blue-red. In some cases, however, neither redness nor swelling would occur. The course of the disease would then be gradual and chronic, according to the expert. Symptoms included severe pain in the back and abdomen, as well as in the arms and legs. Facial paralysis can even occur. Swollen, painful joints could also be a sign of Lyme disease.

Ticks also transmit TBE In addition to Lyme disease, ticks can also transmit early summer meningo-encephalitis (TBE). It is a life-threatening disease that can cause inflammation in the brain and the meninges. In some cases, the infection can only show up through flu-like symptoms such as fever. In contrast to Lyme disease, vaccination against TBE is possible. According to the Robert Koch Institute's (RKI) permanent vaccination committee (STIKO), vaccination is recommended to all persons who are in the risk areas from April to November and who work (farmers and foresters) or during leisure activities (jogging, Walking) could come into contact with ticks.

Body-covering clothing to protect against ticks If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you can reduce the risk of a tick bite with just a few measures. Body-covering clothing with tight cuffs on the legs, socks and sleeves is often sufficient. In addition, the socks can be pulled over the pants so that the ticks have no access to the skin. After a stay outdoors, it is advisable to search the whole body for ticks. If a tick is stuck, it should be removed as quickly as possible using tweezers or so-called tick pliers. The tick expert Prof. Dr. advises against supposed home remedies such as glue or oil to kill the animal. Ute Mackenstedt This would only increase the risk of infection because the animals emptied their stomach contents into the bite site and thereby released more bacteria and viruses. (sb)

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