Lyme Disease

Here in the outdoor team we are very busy and so the blog has been at a bit of a stand still. This time last year we posted advice about ticks and it has come up again, we would recommend everyone to watch the BBC Programme Disclosure: Under the Skin

BBC Disclosure: Under the Skin

The programme explains how there has been an increase in the incidence of Lyme Disease and how anyone using the outdoors can guard against catching this terrible disease.

When we are working with young people outdoors it is important we understand there are ticks everywhere potentially including the school estate.

The current NHS Scotland guidelines can be found here Current NHS Scotland Guidelines on Lyme Disease

The Forestry Commission have an excellent informative web page on tick identification:

Forestry Commission Identifying Ticks

We also continue to recommend the NHS Highland video if how to remove a tick:

If you need more help or advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Outdoor Team.

Questions about Ticks and Lymes Disease

We are in the middle of the busy season, with the team out and about working with schools and young people in the outdoors. There are often questions about ticks and Lymes disease, we thought it would be useful to post some information about what to do if you are bitten by a tick and things you can do to prevent being bitten.

It is important ticks should not stop you going outside but to take a few sensible precautions to prevent being bitten and if you are, what to do about it.

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Lymes disease if carried by ticks which latch on and then take a blood meal. The Comhairle have produced a leaflet with information on the disease (CnES Tick leaflet). More information can be found on the Lymes Disease Action web site.

There is an excellent YouTube video produced by NHS highland on how to remove a tick with Dr James Douglas

There is also good advice from the NHS Scotland web site:

Be tick aware

Ticks in Scotland can carry the germ that causes Lyme disease

Ticks are small spider-like creatures that can be found on bushes and undergrowth in Scotland’s countryside, parks and gardens from spring through summer and well into autumn. Most ticks that bite people are unlikely to be carrying the germ that causes Lyme disease, but there’s no way of knowing at the time. So, it is best to:

  1. Try to avoid being bitten by ticks
  2. Remove any ticks that do bite as quickly as possible

How to prevent tick bites

You can reduce your chances of being bitten by ticks by:

  • covering skin which may come into contact with plants
  • wearing long trousers tucked into boots and long sleeves
  • using an insect repellent containing DEET
  • trying to stick to paths and avoid dense undergrowth
Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions contact your GP or if you need more information contact the Outdoor Team.


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