Lyme Disease at Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic in South Philly, PA
There is nothing more fun in the summer than going out with your friends and family. However, you should be keenly aware of the bugs that can be found outside. While most bugs are harmless, there are some whose bite can cause major health issues.
Lyme Disease is one of the most common concerns. This disease can be contracted by all ages and are the result of a tick bite. Many people don’t realize it, but you don’t have to be in the woods to catch Lyme Disease. It is possible to get bitten by a tick even in Philadelphia. If you see moist pile of leaves or tall grass, then there is a chance you may find these small, brown insects. The CDC suggests that this area of the United States has a higher risk for Lyme disease than other parts of the nation.
At AFC Urgent Care South Philly our professional staff are experienced in identifying this disease as well as other issues that come along with tick bites. Our board-certified physicians are on hand to provide you and your family quick, affordable care without sacrificing quality. You’ll not only spend less money receiving treatment at our walk-in clinic, but also spend less time waiting compared to a traditional emergency room. So you can better identify whether or not Lyme disease has affected you, check out this handy guide to learn more about it.
Early stages of Lyme Disease
After you have been infected by a tick bite, the first early symptoms of Lyme Disease will appear within a month. These include:
- A red rash that is expanding
- A fever
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
Additional symptoms may appear as the weeks continue without treatment. These additional symptoms include:
- Bell’s Palsy
- Severe headaches
- Swelling and pain in the joints
- Shooting pains
- Heart palpitations
Late stages of Lyme Disease
If left undiagnosed and untreated, you’ll continue to be affected by these symptoms months and years after the initial tick bite.
Untreated Lyme Disease can leave you with:
- Severe joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees
- Tingling hands
- Memory issues
Don’t delay being checked out
Long term and severe, untreated Lyme Disease can be devastating to your health. It is very important to get yourself check by a doctor as soon as you are bitten by a tick. At our walk in medical clinic in South Philadelphia, our providers will be able to give you the answers you are looking for. With no appointment required, we are the ideal place to visit to get quick answers. We’ll makes sure your tick bite is properly treated. We’ll remove any embedded ticks to prevent further complications. If you suspect you have a tick bite or an embedded tick, see us immediately at AFC Urgent Care South Philly.