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So you found a tick. You're anxious about Lyme disease. Now what?

So you found a tick. You're anxious about Lyme disease. Now what?

Vermont had 6,161 cases of illness caused by tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. Dr. Chesney is a naturopathic physician who specializes in patients with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. While some 30,000 cases of Lyme disease get reported annually, the CDC suggests the actual number of diagnosed cases may be ten times that - about 300,000.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted a snap of what appears to be a normal muffin covered in poppy seeds when in actual fact, five of those "seeds" are ticks.

Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms. "Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?" Next, you'll need to identify what kind of tick you're dealing with.

Protect your pets too!

Spring also brings in beauty and fun-but also, outdoor annoyances.

Treat clothes (especially trousers, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact or buy clothes that are pre-treated.

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Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying repellents.

Perform daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets.

Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.

Use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin. With a steady motion, pull the tick's body away from the skin.

Washing clothing in hot water and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing.