Ticks & Lyme Testing and Treatment in Bethel, CT
Beyond Urgent Care provides quality, affordable and efficient testing and treatment for patients who have just suffered from a tick bite. Walk-in anytime between 8am – 8pm to get tested for Lyme Disease. Our certified- board physicians and trained professionals will make sure you get the attention you need in order to test and treat Lyme’s Disease as well as help you prevent future tick bites.
At Beyond Urgent Care, we offer high-quality service with low prices that beat emergency visits. Be sure to bring your Photo ID and current insurance card to your visit and feel free to call anytime with questions/concerns you may have. You may also download the following form to speed up your visit.
Why get tested
As the air warms up and people start strolling outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, they are accompanied by little pests known as ticks. Ticks carry bacteria, viruses or 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. Lyme disease is spread by a tick feeding off of an infected animal, and then biting another animal or human.
Getting Checked for Lyme
It’s important to get checked by your doctor for Lyme Disease if you have pulled a tick off or experienced any pain from the bite. It’s also possible that you never noticed a rash after a tick bite. Ask yourself; Have I been outside lately? Was I in the woods or near tall grass? If you answered yes, you should visit Beyond Urgent Care to be properly tested and treated.
Some symptoms of a tick bite will include:
*Headaches, Fatigue, Muscle Ache
*Rash (usually seen at the site of the tick bite)
Diagnosis & Treatment of Lyme Disease
A blood test is conducted to test antibodies for bacteria that may be infected. The usual test is the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. Patients will be treated with antibodies to counteract the infection. Most people will recover fast if the infection is caught in the early stages, usually within the first month.
Protect Yourself from Ticks
*Avoid Wooded Areas and High Grass
*Walk in the Center of Trails
*Wear long sleeves and pants when working with brush, wooded areas, tall grass and similar areas
*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 activities
If tick is found, follow the tick removal procedure to avoid greater risk to Lyme disease:
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp tick.
2. Pull upward and steady, making sure not to squeeze or twist. You do not want the mouth of tick to get stuck in skin.
3. After removal, wash tick bite area with soap and water, rubbing alcohol or iodine scrub.
4. Dispose of tick by wrapping in tape, placing in sealed bag/container or submerging tick in alcohol.
Beyond Urgent Care – Bethel, is part of the larger Beyond Urgent Care network. A network of professional Urgent Care clinics run by board-certified physicians. Our goal is to give the highest quality care to our patients while providing affordable services.