Lyme Disease Foundation
Lyme Disease Foundation
384 G Merrow Road, Suite G
Tolland , CT , 06084

The Lyme Disease Foundation has been America's Premiere Medical, Scientific, and Patient Advocate Non-Profit for over 30 years.  After a short hiatus, the LDF is once again charging ahead in the fight with a goal of finding permanent solutions regarding tick-borne diseases.

Our Mission "Find the Truth, Tell the Truth" That is what we aim to do.

Personal Protection

Tick's mouthparts have reverse harpoon-like barbs, designed to penetrate and attach to skin.  Ticks secrete a cement-like substance that helps them adhere firmly to the host.  I you find that you or your pet has been bitten by a tick, it is important to remove it properly.

                  Tick Removal Procedure:

1) Use a fine-point tweezers to grasp the tick at the place of attachment, as close to the skin as possible. 

2) Gently pull the tick straight out. 

3) Wash your hands, disinfect the tweezers and bit site.

4) Mark your calendar with the victim's name, place of attachment on the body, and general health at the time. 

5) Call your doctor to determine if treatment is warranted.

6) Watch the tick-bite site and your general health for signs and symptoms of a tick-borne illness.  Make sure you mark any changes in your health status on your calendar  

If the mouthparts break off in the skin - should I dig them out? 
We have heard two competing opinions about this.
One viewpoint states that the mouthparts can cause a secondary infection, and should be removed as if it was a splinter.
Another viewpoint was shared with us by a pediatrician in a hyperendemic area. He states that parents can do more harm by trying to hold down a child and dig out the mouthparts with a needle. He instructs his families to leave the mouthparts, and that they will come out on their own as the skin sloughs off.
* Children should be taught to seek adult help for tick removal.
* If you must remove the tick with your fingers, use a tissue or leaf to avoid contact with infected tick fluids.
* Do not prick, crush or burn the tick as it may release infected fluids or tissue.
* Do not try to smother the tick (e.g. petroleum jelly, nail polish) as the tick has enough oxygen to complete the feeding.