May is what ??

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Yes,  I know it sounds glamorous, but in case you weren’t aware (get it?), May is National Lyme Disease Awareness month.  When our Keller Williams office decided to devote our Red Day campaign to this cause, I thought that’s nice, but surely there are other causes out there.  Then I remembered my mother had suffered from Lyme’s
5K-Sponsor-Info-2014-Jan-8-2014-1disease and had a very hard time getting a correct diagnosis (her doctor didn’t believe her symptoms and didn’t want to test her).  I also know of two other folks, residing here in Loudoun, that are currently undergoing treatment.  One is bedridden and both say the treatment is worse than the disease.  The longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the harder it is to treat because it spreads to other parts of the body.

So, our Keller Williams Dulles office has a team signed up for the Loudoun Lyme 5K Run/Walk in Brambleton, on May 18th.  Why not consider joining in the effort to raise awareness and money for this cause?

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Tips for Avoiding Lyme Disease:

  • Try to avoid tall grass and dense vegetation.
  • Walk in the middle of mowed trails, if possible.
  • Keep your lawn cut and your underbrush thinned.
  • Get rid of areas where rodents may like to live.
  • Wear light-colored clothing so that ticks are easier to see.
  • Tuck your pants into socks; tuck shirt into pants. Pull hair back.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts buttoned at the wrists.
  • Check every 4 to 6 hours for ticks. Don’t forget children and pets.
  • Use a tick repellent that contains 30 percent DEET to exposed skin.
  • Pre-treat clothes with .5 percent permethrin, an insecticide that both kills and repels ticks.
  • Investigate tick control methods for your pets.

For more info. visit:  http://www.loudounlyme.org/