This year’s unusually mild winter and the early onset of warm temperatures means ticks have started stirring earlier this year and are waiting for a fresh, warm-blood meal.
And that puts outdoorsy people on edge – especially those that live in the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and North Central U.S., where there are greater chances of contracting Lyme disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2010 about 22,000 cases of Lyme disease and 8,000 more probable cases were reported nationwide.
According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, the signs of Lyme disease can vary but often include the red rash that may appear around the site of the bite, fever, joint pain, fatigue and chills. As the bacteria continue to invade the body, people may experience a stiff neck, tingling and severe headaches.
If you or a loved one suffers from Lyme disease, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream can help provide your symptoms with much needed pain relief, according to a press release from the makers of Topricin.
Fueled by nature not chemicals, Topricin is a blend of 11 natural ingredients that naturally help the joints detoxify by stimulating the body’s desire to drain toxins and excess fluids from the muscle tissue, which restores blood flow back to normal and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain.
Topricin gives the body help and support for its basic function of maintaining healthy cells and repairing damaged ones through enhanced healing and helping to restore vitality to joint, nerve and muscle tissue.
“With Lyme, the body needs to detoxify and Topricin assists in this along with helping to cleanse the blood,” says Lou Paradise president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics.
Topricin is safe and natural, doesn’t contain parabens, and doesn’t use any volatile oils such as camphor, menthol, petroleum or lanolin, fragrances or irritating chemicals.
The cream is odorless, greaseless and will not stain your clothing. Topricin is formulated for maximum absorption can be applied many times a day as needed to minimize itching and scratching with no fear of overuse or interference with other medications.
Topricin application instructions:
- For the knee: it is very important to go around the entire knee (front, sides, back) and 3” - 4” around the joint. Generously apply Topricin and rub in until absorbed. Then take fingers and push around knee to determine any extra sensitive spots, and reapply Topricin to them.
- Other areas: generously apply Topricin 3-4 times daily as needed three inches on and around affected joint. Massage in until absorbed. For best results reapply before bedtime and in the morning.
- For best results: apply Topricin before bed, in the morning/after bathing, and 3 - 4 times a day, as needed, until relief is achieved.
Paradise says now is the time to avoid contact with ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease. He reminds people to protect themselves against tick bites.
“Protection is paramount and awareness is key to early detection and treatment. The best way to prevent tick bites is to avoid wooded and grassy areas where ticks are usually found,” says Paradise.
Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe throughout the early tick season:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants tucked into socks or boots.
- Stay on trails when walking or hiking and avoid high grass.
- Check yourself, family members and pets for ticks. Nymphal ticks are the size of a poppy seed in early spring and are particularly hard to find and prefer the back of the knee, armpit, scalp, groin and back of the neck.
- If a tick is found, remove it right away.
- Remove the tick properly. Using tweezers carefully grasp the tick by its mouthparts that are close to the skin. NEVER squeeze or rupture the body of the tick while still attached because its belly contents, which may contain disease-producing organisms, could be expressed into your bloodstream.
- Pull tick steadily away from your skin.
- Clean the wound and disinfect the site of the bite.
- For identification and to test for the presence of the organism that causes Lyme disease, place the tick in a small vial filled with rubbing alcohol and bring it to a Department of Health laboratory or other testing facility.
- Examine/evaluate. Early symptoms of tick-borne illness can include a headache, stiff neck, numbness, tingling, fatigue, swollen glands or migratory pains that may come and go. Late stage symptoms are generally multi-systemic and can be very serious. A person infected with Lyme disease can exhibit symptoms within days of exposure, but symptoms may appear weeks, months or even years after the bite.
- There is not always a rash. A person may have Lyme disease without presenting the most obvious and “classic” symptoms such as bulls-eye rash, flu, joint pain or swelling.
- Children ages 2-12 are at the highest risk for being bitten by ticks because they often play in tick-infested habitats.
- Co-infection. A single tick bite can transmit more than one tick-borne illness, such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, bartonella or tularemia. Co-infections can complicate Lyme diagnosis and treatment.
- Educate yourself. The more you know and understand about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness, the greater your chances are of avoiding infection and detecting illness if it occurs.
- Lyme disease in its initial stage is often easily treatable, however, delayed diagnosis or inadequate treatment can lead to serious brain, heart or joint problems. Be sure to consult your physician for a proper diagnosis.
Don’t let suffering with the symptoms of Lyme disease impact your spring and summer activities.
Topricin is available in a convenient travel-friendly 2-ounce tube (MSRP $16.95) and is just the right size to tuck in a briefcase, tote bag, backpack, travel bag, beach bag, first aid kit, glove compartment or sports bag. The product is also available in two larger sizes: 4-ounce jar (MSRP $24.95) and 8-ounce bottle (MSRP $39.95).
Topricin is available in pharmacies, natural food stores and other retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, and other retail stores throughout the U.S., as well as direct from the Topical BioMedics’ online store.
To learn more about Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, go to http://www.topricin.com.
Posted by Kathy Van Mullekom; firstname.lastname@example.org