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Tick Bites

By the
Numbers
Nearly

41%

of search and rescue
missions in the U.S.
are attributed to hikers
wandering off trails
and not being able
to find their way back-
compared with only
7% that were caused
by injuries

There were

33,666
reported cases
of Lyme disease in
the U.S. in 2018

Nearly

75%

of 5K participants in
the U.S. run an average
of 4 hours or more
per week
Sources:
SmokyMountains.com,
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention,
RunRepeat.com

What carries Lyme disease,
feeds on blood and can ruin an
otherwise delightful fall adventure out on your favorite trails?
You guessed it: ticks.
Ticks are a year-round nuisance that tend to show up more
when outdoor activities are most
popular-including during the
cool, fall months. Although you
might associate these annoying
blood-suckers with Lyme disease, most of the danger may
have been hyped up a bit.

5K ces
Ra
There is no
denying that
running is
great exercise.
-Becky Thompson,
a running specialist
with Northside
Hospital Gwinnett's
Sports Medicine
Program

Running and other outdoor
exercises are much more
appealing as the intense, summer heat winds down. Why not put all that cardio to
work and challenge yourself with a local 5K? If you're
more into running solo than with crowds, signing up
for a virtual 5K allows you to test yourself, by yourself,
and still support local causes and fundraising efforts.
"There is no denying that running is great exercise,
and a race is a great way to measure your improvements," says Becky Thompson, a running specialist
with Northside Hospital Gwinnett's Sports Medicine
Program. "But, running a race is a goal, not a starting
point. In order to prevent injuries and actually enjoy
the race, you've got to be realistic and set yourself up
for success-and that starts with training."
A majority of running-related injuries stem from
poor training methods and overuse. Pace yourself-
both during a run and when you are planning your
next one. Gradually increase the intensity and
number of miles in your run-and never increase
mileage more than 10 percent from week to week.
Most importantly, if you are injured, be sure to rest.
Lingering pain and other issues will only worsen
with increased activity.

"While ticks can carry Lyme
disease, they must be attached
for at least 36 to 48 hours
before the bacterium that
carries Lyme disease can be
transmitted," says Sang Dao, DO,
with HealthChoice Urgent Care,
a partner of Northside Hospital.
What's more, the Lone Star
tick-Georgia's most common
tick-doesn't carry Lyme disease.
So besides the notorious itching
and swelling that come with a
tick bite, chances are slim that
the culprit is carrying Lyme disease, even if the pest manages
to go unnoticed on your body
for more than a day or two.
If you find a tick on your skin,
follow tips from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(cdc.gov/lyme) for removal, and
clean the area with rubbing
alcohol or soap and water.

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http://www.cdc.gov/lyme http://www.SmokyMountains.com http://www.RunRepeat.com

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