Can you get Lyme disease from a mosquito?

Adult deer tick on grass

Lyme disease is a growing threat. The disease has become more prevalent not only in the southern part of Canada, but also in the United States, Europe, and Asia, this study shows. This disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks.

Mosquitoes transmit other diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus. They also are a vector for Borrelia burgdorferi, but can they cause Lyme disease? What type of ticks carry this disease?

We will answer these questions in this blog and give you important knowledge about Lyme disease. You’ll also learn how to prevent getting this disease and how to relieve its symptoms using natural products. Let’s jump in!

First off, can you get Lyme disease from a mosquito?

A mosquito

The short answer is no. According to CDC, mosquitoes cannot spread Lyme disease. This study shows that although mosquito is a vector (carrier) of the Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, ticks are the main vector.

Furthermore, although there might be parts of the transmission of this bacteria that occur in insects like mosquitoes, as this study states, there is no evidence of mosquito-transmitted Lyme disease. So, you don’t have to worry about Lyme disease if a mosquito bit you!

Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease

The signs and symptoms of this disease vary depending on the stage of the infection. According to Skar & Simonsen, there are three stages of this disease.

Stage 1: Early localized disease

Characteristic bullseye rash on human leg

This stage occurs within 1-30 days after the bite. It presents with flu-like symptoms and the characteristic rash known as erythema migrans. The rash appears within 3-30 days after the tick bite, at the bite site.

Erythema migrans is typically is a single red circle where the tick bit your skin, and it spreads slowly. There may be a clear center, which gives the rash and appearance of a bull’s eye target. The rash isn’t usually itchy or painful, but it is warm to touch. Also, although erythema migrans is common, it doesn’t usually appear.

These are the symptoms of the first stage of Lyme disease:

  • rash (erythema migrans)
  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • weakness
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • stiff joints

Stage 2: Early disseminated disease

If Lyme disease is not treated in the early stages, it can spread to other parts of the body and affect the nervous system. This stage occurs within 3-10 weeks after the tick bite, and includes Stage 1 infection symptoms including the following:

  • multiple erythema migrans rashes
  • stiff neck
  • facial palsy (Bell’s palsy) where the face droops on one or both sides due to paralysis
  • heart problems (Lyme carditis) like irregular heartbeats
  • muscle weakness
  • numbness/pain/weakness of hands or feet
  • eye problems like vision loss, eye pain, and painful swelling of the eyelid
  • pain from the back that foes to the hips and legs

Stage 3: Late-stage or chronic disease

This stage occurs from 2-12 months after the bite. The symptoms of combine the earlier stages and other symptoms that manifests in the joints, muscles, and nerves. The late stage of Lyme diseases may last months to years, according to NCBI, and the hallmark of this stage is Lyme arthritis.

The following are the symptoms of late-stage or chronic Lyme disease:

  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 symptoms
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain/swelling/stiffness
  • acrodermatitis (a symptom in Europe), where the skin on the back of the hands and tops of feet are discolored and swollen

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you must see a doctor right away. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, but it is very important to get treatment early to prevent the disease from progressing and causing long-term problems.

What type of ticks carry Lyme disease?

Deer tick on skin

The most common tick species that transmits Lyme disease is the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as deer tick. Deer ticks live from the eastern half of the United States to the southern parts of Canada. Deer ticks are very small, and they can be difficult to see. This is why it is important to check if any ticks are on your skin after being outdoors.

See related: Types of bug bites on skin & how essential oils can help

What to do after a tick bite

Removing a tick from the skin using a tweezer

If you find a tick attached on your skin, remove it as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection. Here are the steps on how to remove an attached tick from your skin:

  1. Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick against the skin as close as possible.
  2. Pull the tick straight out using steady, even pressure. Do not jerk or twist it, as this can cause the head or mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin.
  3. Once the tick is removed, clean the bite area and your hands with soap and water, or rubbing alcohol. Apply an antiseptic cream or salve like CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist.
  4. Dispose of the tick but do not squeeze its body as it might get its fluid on your skin.
  5. Check for other ticks on your skin and remove them using the same steps if there are more present.
  6. Observe the site where the tick bit you and monitor for signs/symptoms of infection and Lyme disease.

If you are unable to remove the tick yourself, see a doctor.

Here are some tips for removing a tick:

  • Do not use a match, a hot needle, or petroleum jelly to remove a tick. These methods can cause the tick to burrow deeper into the skin.
  • Do not crush or squeeze the tick while removing it. These methods can release infected fluids into the bite wound.

Who are at risk of Lyme Disease?

Man hiking on a grassy mountaiin

Ticks are very small and they live in woodlands, grasslands, and brushlands. They typically attach to the skin of humans and animals and feed on their blood.

There is a lot of things that can increase your risk of being bitten by a tick and developing Lyme disease. These include:

  • Those who live in or travel to areas where ticks are common. Deer ticks are most common from the southern part of Canada to the eastern half of the United States.
  • People who engage in outdoor activities in tick-infested areas. Activities like camping, hiking, and gardening can increase your risk of coming into contact with ticks.
  • People that wear clothes that expose the skin. Ticks can attach to any part of the body, but they are more likely to bite exposed skin.
  • Those who don’t use insect repellent, especially when going outdoors.
  • Pet owners. Ticks can be carried by pets, so if you have a pet that spends time outdoors, it is important to check them for ticks regularly.

See related: Natural Skin care for the Outdoor Enthusiast

How to prevent Lyme Disease

Not all ticks can spread Lyme disease, but there’s always a possibility that a carrier of the disease will bite you. That’s why it is important to take steps to protect yourself from these creatures.

Here are the things you can do to prevent tick bites:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks when you are in tick-infested places like areas abundant in woods, grasses, or brushes.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or permethrin. Apply the repellent to exposed skin and clothing, following the directions on the label. Alternatively, you can use products that contain insect repellent natural oils, like CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist.
  • Walk in the center of the trail and avoid tall grass and shrubs.
  • Check if you have ticks in your skin after being outdoors.
  • Remove the ticks of you find any as soon as possible.

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Waters Mist salve

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Waters Mist is a soothing salve we infused with the natural power of lemongrass, tea tree, and cinnamon essential oils. These potent ingredients work in harmony to address your tick-related concerns. In addition, they can help with the symptoms of Lyme disease like rashes, redness and

Cinnamon essential oil has strong repellent activities towards Ixodes scapularis ticks while lemongrass essential oil has mild to moderate effects, this study states. Moreover, these oils have potent anti-inflammatory activities (see Table 1). Tea tree oil is also known for its antibacterial activities, this study proves, and may help prevent infection from tick bites.

Nature has provided us with powerful allies in the form of lemongrass, tea tree, and cinnamon essential oils. These remarkable ingredients offer a natural and effective approach for your tick bite concerns, and all of them exists in a single salve, Waters Mist! Although we can’t get Lyme disease from a mosquito bite, using insect repellents like Waters Mist will be very helpful in protecting ourselves from diseases carried by ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects. A quick note: This product contains Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

 Waters Mist
 Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
AntibacterialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [25]Strong [42]
– AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]
– CellulitisMild to Strong [1,2,4]Strong [42]
– ItchMild to Strong [1,2,3]Strong [42]
– Skin infectionsMild to Strong [1,2,3]Mild to Strong [27]Strong [42]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [5]Strong [28]Moderate to Strong [43]
   – AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]
   – SwellingStrong [5]Strong [28]Strong [118]
AntifungalStrong [5,6]Mild to Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [44]
   – Athlete’s foot (Foot itch)Strong [7,8]Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [45]
   – ItchStrong [9,10]Moderate to Strong [42]
AntimicrobialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [30,25,31]Strong [42]
Antioxidant (fights skin damage and aging)Strong [11,2]Strong [32,33,25]Moderate to Strong [46]
AntiparasiticStrong [12,13]Mild to Moderate [34]Strong [47]
Antispasmodic (relieves muscle spasms)Strong [14]Mild to Moderate [35]
Insecticidal (Kills insects)Strong [15]Strong [36]Strong [48]
Moisturizing (for dry and/or cracked skin)Moderate to Strong [16]Moderate to Strong [49]
Reduces bruisingModerate to Strong [17]StrongStrong [50]
Reduces celluliteStrong [18]
Reduces hyperpigmentationModerate to Strong [19]Mild to Moderate [37]Strong [51]
Reduces or relieves painStrong [20]Strong [28,38]
Repels InsectsStrong [21,22,23]Moderate to Strong [39,40]Strong [48]
Treats cramps
Healing woundsStrong [24]Strong [41]Moderate to Strong [52]

Table 1. Biological properties of the main ingredients of Waters Mist.

As you venture outdoors and explore, remember to harness the benefits of these essential oils using Waters Mist and enjoy a comfortable, worry-free experience. Always consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about tick bites or Lyme disease, and stay safe outdoors.

FAQ

Can you get Lyme disease from a mosquito?

No, you can’t get Lyme disease from a mosquito.

What type of insect can transmit Lyme disease?

Ticks, especially blacklegged or deer ticks, transmit Lyme disease to humans.

Which CANhaveTODAY product can help with the symptoms of tick bites?

Waters Mist can help with the symptoms of tick bites. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can relieve the itch, redness, and swelling of the tick bite.

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