About Time for Lyme is a UK charity raising awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
Why it matters
Tick numbers are on the rise globally (in part due to the effects of climate change), which is in turn leading to increased incidence of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. In spite of this, awareness remains relatively poor. About Time for Lyme was founded in n2015 to contribute to increasing awareness and education of the issue among the public, the medical community and policy-makers.
If Lyme disease is diagnosed and treated early, a full recovery can be made. Unfortunately, however, various factors (relating to awareness, testing, and symptom variability) can result in late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Consequently, patients may develop serious health complications or chronic, debilitating symptoms.
While further research in this area is needed, greater awareness can encourage prevention or earlier diagnosis of the disease. Our work includes: developing educational materials and events, communicating with the scientific and medical community, and campaigning for policy change.
About Time for Lyme is proud to be working closely with Vis-a-Vis Symposiums, a charity focussing on improving understanding of tick-borne diseases among medical and veterinary professionals. They do this primarily through holding symposiums, which bring together global expertise in vector-borne diseases. Together, we are working towards better understanding of tick-borne diseases at all levels, in order to reduce the alarming rate of life-changing complications from tick-borne diseases.
Founded in 2015, About Time for Lyme is a volunteer-led UK charity. Inspired by personal experiences of complications relating to Lyme disease, the About Time for Lyme team are determined to use what they have learned to help prevent other people from enduring years (or lifetimes) of unnecessary suffering.
All funds raised go towards the development of educational resources and tools to help further awareness and aid in the prevention of Lyme disease.
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Ticks act as vectors for a range of infectious diseases, including Borrelia - the bacteria which causes Lyme disease. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but it only takes one bite from an infected tick to contract the disease.
Commonly used blood tests are not always accurate, and may miss cases.
Ticks feed on the blood of animals or humans. Ticks wait at the top of grass, on tree trunks, etc and latch onto a passing animal or human. Deer, cats, dogs, foxes, rodents, birds etc can all act as 'hosts', transporting ticks around.
A nymph tick is the size of a poppy seed or pinhead. It is also the most likely to transmit disease.
Ticks are found across the UK, in urban parks as well as in rural areas.
Tick numbers are on the rise in the UK (global warming means ticks are no longer being killed off by colder winters, allowing a longer period for breeding).
Recent research showed 1/3 of dogs were found to be carrying ticks - twice the amount as in the previous year.
The presence of a bull's-eye rash indicates that a person has definitely contracted the disease, and treatment should commence immediately. However, many people (between 50% and 2/3) who contract Lyme disease will not develop a bull's-eye rash.
Other tick-borne infections can be transmitted at the time of the bite, however these are rarely tested for in the UK. A compromised immune system can also lead to opportunistic infections. The existence of co-infections can complicate recovery.
Ticks inject a natural anaesthetic when they bite you, meaning you do not feel the bite. This, along with their small size, means that many people will not recall having been bitten.