Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. It has a variety of symptoms, many of them flu-like (ranging from mild to severe), and is generally accompanied by a rash.
Ticks are tiny, spider-like creatures found in woodland, moorland and grassy areas. They feed on animals such as deer, making the likes of Dublin’s Phoenix Park a prime place to call home!
Most cases of Lyme disease occur in the summer and autumn months, so now is the time to be vigilant.
The best protection against Lyme disease is to stick to the middle of paths and trails while running. It is also advisable to cover your arms and legs with a DEET-based insect repellent and remember to inspect skin and clothing for ticks after completing a run. If you do find a tick, remove it as soon as you can. To do this, grasp it as close to your skin as possible (with a tweezers if necessary) and remove it with a firm pull.
If a rash or other symptoms develop see your GP for advice on treatment. Lyme disease is usually treated with antibiotics that can be administered for up to 3 weeks.
For further info on Lyme Disease check out this pamphlet from the HPSC.