Lyme Disease Facts for Deer Hunters
We’ll tell you where ticks are most commonly found, how to deal with them, and what Lyme symptoms are often overlooked.
Lyme disease has become a major concern in recent years, and for some very good reasons. Left untreated, the disease can cause serious health issues that may linger throughout a person’s lifetime.
I actually haven’t kept track of exactly how many times I’ve had Lyme disease. But suffice to say that I know for a fact that I’ve had it at least a half-dozen times. Some of the cases were severe, some not very severe, and some were in the middle.
My most recent and serious bout with Lyme disease occurred a couple years ago, and get this — the medical people who treated me for the disease on that occasion believe that I may actually have been bitten by a deer fly, not a tick. (See link for article)
Great article and very practical advice from an experience hunter who shares space with ticks.
My only caution is waiting to get to a medical professional to remove a tick. Time is of the essence regarding ticks and the illnesses they transmit. See this article for more prevention tips and how to properly remove a tick. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/04/12/tick-prevention-2019/
Also, he mentions only hot water will kill ticks. I’ve been told by entomologists that water/soap will not kill ticks at all. It’s the high, dry heat of the dryer that will kill them. I call it “Fry and die.” https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/05/31/fry-and-die/ (This says 6 minutes will do it but 10-15 is safe)
Before washing, stick your clothes in the dryer first, then you can wash them if they need it. I usually rewear these pretreated clothes a few times before I wash them to prolong the repellent. Make sure to spray your socks and shoes as well as your hat and shirt. Basically – anything that could brush up against trees and shrubs and grass/plants.
The author brings out many important points:
- doctors believe he got Lyme from a Lipoptena cervi, the deer ked or deer fly, a species of biting fly that have been introduced to North America. They are parasites of elk, deer, and other deer family members, burrowing through the fur and sucking the blood of the host animals. The bite hurts like hell. For the most part authorities deny they can transmit Lyme but they carry both Lyme and Anaplasma. This is another area of research that desperately needs to be done as ‘authorities’ are relying on ancient 30 year work covered in an inch of dust. But, again, this work isn’t sexy like ‘climate change,’ which is a moot point: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/11/07/ticks-on-the-move-due-to-migrating-birds-and-photoperiod-not-climate-change/
- the author found ticks in unlikely places during unlikely weather when it’s cold with snow on the ground. This again proves that ticks are impervious to weather.
- he mentions, rightly, that many never get a rash or that it looks different from the ‘classic bullseye’ rash ‘authorities’ keep insisting on. There is a picture of the rash he obtained which actually caused bruising.
- he also rightly mentions that many may get all the characteristic symptoms of Lyme or just a few.
- he doesn’t mention keeping the tick for testing, which is a good thing to consider. Many states have free tick testing – but Wisconsin (4th in the nation for Lyme) doesn’t. This article is a great resource. Keep it somewhere safe so you can refer to it should you get bitten: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/21/help-i-got-bit-by-a-tick-what-do-i-do/
- he also doesn’t mention that the bullseye rash is diagnostic for Lyme disease. In other words if you get it, YOU HAVE LYME. On the other hand, if you don’t get it, YOU COULD STILL HAVE LYME. You could also be infected with other things as well: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/05/01/co-infection-of-ticks-the-rule-rather-than-the-exception/
- testing for all things tick-borne related is abysmal and should not be solely used for diagnosis: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/01/study-cdcs-2-tier-lyme-testing-inaccurate-in-more-than-70-of-cases/
- due to the devastation Lyme/MSIDS can cause, many Lyme literate doctors suggest considering prophylactic treatment for black-legged tick bites. Everyone admits that prompt diagnosis and treatment is key for treatment success yet mainstream medicine continues to take a “wait and see” approach which only delays things.
- he correctly states:
It is not uncommon for Lyme disease to be misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, mononucleosis, ulcerative colitis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease or fibromyalgia. Misdiagnosis can mean not getting treatment, or worse, getting treatment for the wrong ailment.