10 of the Best Resources for Tick and Lyme Disease Information
Researching reliable information on ticks can be tedious and time-consuming. Yet it is crucial to your health and safety when going outdoors to have access to the facts. We’ve done some of the legwork for you. The following websites provide awareness, insight, and education about ticks and the diseases they may carry so you can go back outside with the information you need. And remember, tick repellent clothing and gear is an excellent first line of defense against ticks and the diseases they may carry.
Since 1992 Dr. Thomas Mather (a.k.a. “The Tick Guy”) has been director of the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter. The website offers an array of helpful, up-to-date information filled with comprehensive advice on everything from tick removal to tick repellent. They offer strategies and effective tools for prevention while advocating everyone taking action.
- Tick Spotters: Tick identification via photo submission
- Tick Testing: Comprehensive testing on ticks submitted through the mail
- Tick Smart: Everyday practices for tick safe living
- Tick Identification: Charts, guides, and activities on tick species
For more tickencounter.org
A global advocacy agency with the mission to eradicate all tick-borne diseases through awareness, education and science. They provide community support and engagement through articles, newsletters, Instagram, and Facebook.
For more projectlyme.org
This non-profit provides financial resources for the medication and treatment of children with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. Founded by Olivia Goodreau at 12 years old, LivLyme is devoted to scientific research in conjunction with global education and awareness. In 2017, the free TickTracker app was created to track and report ticks in real-time as a means of further sharing information.
For more livlymefoundation.org
Bay Area Lyme Foundation
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s mission is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. They avail themselves of the “entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of the Bay Area” to encourage projects around the country that engage in efforts to prevent and cure Lyme disease. Check out their Ticktective podcast series (also available in video format)!
For more bayarealyme.org
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
America’s public health service organization contributes a broad range of detailed information on tick bite prevention, tick removal, tick diseases, and tick identification. Photos, videos, and articles provide information on many tick topics. Printable fact sheets for both adults and children keep information easy to understand and readily accessible. Both the prevention of tick bites and removal of tick’s sections are also available in Spanish.
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A non-profit that encourages a healthy lifestyle for children and families. Basic articles cover topics including tick bite prevention, tick removal and Lyme disease. Dedicated sections separate articles written specifically for parents or kids with suggestions for related topics. A helpful feature is the ability to easily convert articles from written to audio format and from English to Spanish.
For more kidshealth.org
Tick Research Lab
Dedicated to providing fast, accurate, nationwide tick testing. Order a test, send in your tick, and receive your results within 3 days of lab receipt.
For more ticklab.org
Dan Wolff & TickEase
Founder Dan Wolff (a.k.a. Tick Man Dan) created, and now sells, TickEase, the only patented tweezer designed to remove ticks. Committed to sharing practical information, his website explains ticks in an easy to understand format. With first-hand knowledge, a great sense of humor, and many years of experience, Dan’s YouTube channel includes lots of helpful material.
For more tickease.com
Global Lyme Alliance
A research organization dedicated to conquering Lyme disease. Their website shares a plethora of educational materials on ticks including videos, printable information sheets, flyers and even K-12 interactive curriculum. An extensive library of articles, newsletters, and downloads are available. Support for patients with Lyme and/or other tick-borne diseases include peer mentors, support groups, and clinical trials.
For more globallymealliance.org
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.
Their affiliate, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Education Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the expertise of doctors, scientists and others in the healthcare community with regard to tick-borne illnesses. ILADS’s Lyme Disease Physician Training Program supports these efforts.
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