Holmdel & Colts Neck, N.J. - Find a tick on yourself or a loved one? Lyme disease is a significant issue that needs to be addressed immediately and one of the first steps is identifying the tick. Lyme disease may be life threatening but can be addressed.

While there are many on-line testing services available, you can take advantage of the free tick type identification service offered to you by Monmouth County. The link to have a tick species checked is here:

http://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=2859

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If you want a tick specifically tested for disease, click below for options:

https://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?Id=4783

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What Is Lyme Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.

The ticks can't fly or jump, the CDC report states. Instead, they wait for either a human or animal host while resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Although they can attack anywhere on the body, their favorite places to attach are in areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include: Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Thankfully, most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. However, if the infection is left untreated, it may develop into more serious symptoms such as arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints, and facial palsy where you may experience a droopiness on the face, according to the CDC report.