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Any of you fishermen ever get Lyme disease?

Fishing is the only time I'm outdoors in the woods and fields since I don't hunt. Back in January I started experiencing symptoms of arthritis in my one knee. It was all swollen, there was a large amount of fluid in it and it was very stiff and difficult to walk. My doctor thought it was the either gout or one of the more common types of arthritis people get. I was given medication but after 3 weeks of no improvement I decided to see a specialist. After running various blood tests Lyme disease was discovered. What I had in my knee was known as Lyme arthritis. After a 4 week regimen of antibiotics I'm almost back to normal. Only occasional mild stiffness now. I never had a rash or fever that many people get. I don't even recall having a tick attached to my skin. In January I thought my trout season might be in serious jeopardy but fortunately the medication worked and I'm ready to go. Was curious how common this is. I know a lot of you guys fish heavily wooded areas during warm weather when ticks are active.
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I've never contracted it, but i have pulled out several embedded ticks over the years. I get tested every couple of years just to be safe. Lyme disease can can be asymptomatic, it doesn't always show the classic signs until some of the more severe symptoms occur. I've had friends that have contracted it, and in their cases antibiotics always took care of it. One friend woke up with palsy in his face one morning. He thought he had a stroke. Luckily it was a manifestation of Lyme disease and antibiotics had him quickly back to normal.
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I follow the same procedure for fishing as I do for hunting. Every single piece of outside clothing I wear, including gloves and hat, get sprayed with Sawyers, and I re-treat them about every month or so. Perhaps a little bit of overkill, but it gives me solid protection and piece of mind. It's very common for me to be in thick cover along a stream getting from one section to another or on my knees getting into a tight spot. I know the do-it-yourself recipes are cheaper, but I feel better using the commercial stuff. I haven't found a tick on me since I started using the stuff 7-8 years ago.

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Fishing is the only time I'm outdoors in the woods and fields since I don't hunt. Back in January I started experiencing symptoms of arthritis in my one knee. It was all swollen, there was a large amount of fluid in it and it was very stiff and difficult to walk. My doctor thought it was the either gout or one of the more common types of arthritis people get. I was given medication but after 3 weeks of no improvement I decided to see a specialist. After running various blood tests Lyme disease was discovered. What I had in my knee was known as Lyme arthritis. After a 4 week regimen of antibiotics I'm almost back to normal. Only occasional mild stiffness now. I never had a rash or fever that many people get. I don't even recall having a tick attached to my skin. In January I thought my trout season might be in serious jeopardy but fortunately the medication worked and I'm ready to go. Was curious how common this is. I know a lot of you guys fish heavily wooded areas during warm weather when ticks are active.
Quackmaster has given you good advice. I will add that every time you come home you should strip totally and inspect your self ALL over. The time of the year does not have an awful lot to do with ticks. They are there in cold weather also. The only natural enemies they have are fire, and possums as far as I know. You can also put your clothes in the dryer on high for 20 min. after your out to kill any hanging on your clothes. There is a lot of good info out there on ticks, I am amazed at how under educated most outdoorsmen are about them given the potential for a lifetime of reocuring severe problems from Lyme Disease.
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Had one of the little bloodsuckers crawl inside my waders back in the mid 90's. Bit me on the inner thigh just above my knee. Not sure if he was in the waders from a day or two back or if he got in the day of my most recent trip. Been spraying with Swayers ever since - also spraying everything hat, gloves, facemask, shirts, pants and socks. Anytime I go "outdoors" where ticks might be I wear those clothes. I mostly hang out to "air out" only washing an outfit sparingly.... supposed to last 6 washings, but I retreat after 4(I don't include rain{as a wash} unless I get soaked)

Follow the directions the clothes should be damp when you spray, then leave them dry. Don't try to skimp to save money by only lightly spraying... it won't be as effective

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I've not had lyme disease thankfully but I live in an area with an awful lot of ticks. Always use permethrine, especially in the spring and fall
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