My Ocean County Tick Scare
We told you a number of weeks ago that tick season was early and bad this year. It's no joke. I just had a pretty scary experience.
For the last couple of days, I've had swollen glands in my neck. I figured it was just a cold or bad allergies (which are also pretty intense this year).
However, as I was going about my usual workday today, I noticed what looked like a scab on the back of my leg.
When I tried to scratch it off and it wouldn't budge, I realized that it wasn't a scab. It was a deer tick, the carriers of Lyme Disease.
Of course, I then proceeded to panic.
Thankfully, we have an urgent care clinic right down the road from our office in Toms River, so I went right over there and got in right away.
After an examination, the doctor confirmed that the tick was a deer tick.
At this point, she prescribed antibiotics and told me that I should get tested in a few weeks.
It was a scary experience, and a stark reminder that tick season is no joke.
Any time you go outside in or near wooded areas, always wear bug spray. When you get back in, always do a "tick check". It's a good idea to check again a few hours later, in case one of the parasites was on your clothes when you first checked, and later makes its way onto your body.