Straight up, Lyme disease is a bit of a bastard. It can mess with a person’s nerves and tissues, can cause aches and pains, and resemble things like the flu or arthritis — yet it’s so much more.
Celebs like Avril Lavigne and Yolanda and Bella Hadid have spoken of their Lyme struggles, raising awareness on the oft-misdiagnosed disease. Lyme disease, which is spread by the bites of infected ticks, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Here are some tips from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation so you can still enjoy the summer — outside.
Do a hair check
Check yourself and others
Keep your property tidy
Wear insect repellent
Watch out for your pets
Remove a tick properly
You can also order a tick kit for proper removal.
Go see a doctor
For more info, check out the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.