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Center For Natural Medicine Newsletter )
Infectious Diseases July 2005
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    Summer is the time of year that most of us head to the high country to escape the heat of the desert.


    Dr. Dana Keaton
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    As we travel to northern Arizona and other states in the country, it is important to be aware of illnesses which are prevalent at this time of year. I recently broke out in poison ivy after backpacking in Wet Beaver Creek, in the Coconino National Forest. Literature suggests that poison ivy does not grow in Arizona, I beg to differ. Poison ivy has three leafs and has a shiny appearance to the leaves. It grows along creek, river beds and forested areas. BE AWARE!!!! Ticks and mosquitoes are another hazard to watch out for. Ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is the fasting growing infectious disease in the world. Mosquitoes can carry the virus that causes West Nile Virus.

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    Some of the symptoms associated with Lyme Disease Include: Skin rashes that look like a bulls-eye Visual changes heart palpitations painful joints numbness of any part of the body mood swings depression fatigue chronic sore throats Gastrointestinal problems Symptoms of West Nile Virus include: fever headache fatigue skin rash swollen lymph nodes eye pain Prevention is the key to avoiding these illnesses 1. Wear long sleeves and long pants with your pants tucked into your socks. 2. It is not always practical to wear long sleeves and long pants, in that case, repellents such as DEET and Permethrin can be used. a. DEET can be applied directly to the skin under clothing b. Permethrin has to be sprayed onto clothing. 3. Do not allow standing water outside your home. 4. Keep chemical in pools, spas and ponds balanced properly. 5. Check yourself and your animals for ticks while bathing. *The peak time for mosquitoes is dusk to dawn. *The peak season for ticks geographically is: Northwest-April thru July West coast-November thru April South-year round Southwest-year round

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    If you find a tick, use tweezers and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. This will cause the head to back out of the skin. Wash your hands and disinfect the tweezers and the bite with alcohol. Place the tick in a baggie and call the Lyme Disease Foundation at 1-860--525-2000 for information about where to send the tick to be tested for Lyme disease. This is a serious illness with serious implications. There is no treatment for West Nile Virus and the treatment for Lyme disease is complicated. If you suspect you have contracted either, call our office for an appointment as soon as possible. Sherry Tackett is a specialist in the field of treating Lyme disease and Dr. Keaton is experienced in treating all types of acute and chronic illnesses.