Treating Tick Bites & Lyme Disease Symptoms in Enfield, CT
PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Enfield, Connecticut, offers prompt treatment for tick bites and Lyme disease seven days per week. If you’ve been bitten by a tick, you can come to our urgent care center to have it removed and possibly receive a prophylactic medication, which we may prescribe if the tick has been attached to you for longer than 36 hours. However, tick bites don’t typically require medical treatment and can be effectively removed at home. Use tweezers to remove the tick and then carefully dispose of it by flushing it down the toilet or sealing it in a plastic bag. You’ll only need to seek medical attention if you develop a bull’s-eye rash around the bite area or start feeling ill with flu-like symptoms. These are signs that you may have developed Lyme disease.
What Is Lyme Disease?
An infectious disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick, most often a black-legged or deer tick. It’s the most common tick-borne illness in the United States and is especially prevalent in the New England region. When caught early, Lyme disease can often be effectively treated with a regimen of antibiotics. Untreated Lyme disease, though, can lead to complicated neurological and joint symptoms.
How Is Lyme Disease Diagnosed?
When you visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for evaluation of potential Lyme disease symptoms, we will conduct a full physical examination and then may order tests to diagnose your condition. Lyme disease is most commonly diagnosed using a two-test process:
- First, we will conduct an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test to measure the antibodies in your blood and test them against the Borrelia burgdorferi
- Then, we will conduct a Western blot test to determine if any antibodies in your blood are specific to the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria’s proteins.
We have an on-site lab at our urgent care center, so we’ll be able to take care of these tests during your visit and process them quickly for your convenience.
Visit Us Today
PhysicianOne Urgent Care offers prompt treatment for tick bites and Lyme disease. Stop by our facility in Enfield today, and we’ll take care of you. You can also check in online to skip the wait in the waiting room!