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When it comes down to crunch time, Quitline Iowa can help you win your final championship game against tobacco. Don’t drop the ball. Call today.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitlineiowa.org for details or to enroll.  
 
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When it comes down to crunch time, Quitline Iowa can help you win your battle against tobacco. A successful quit takes strategy and planning, similar to what it takes to win a big championship game, so get a Quit Coach® to help you develop your plan. Don’t drop the ball.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitlineiowa.org for details or to enroll. 
 
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When it comes down to crunch time, Quitline Iowa can help you win your battle against tobacco. A successful quit takes strategy and planning, similar to what it takes to win a big championship game. Enrolling in the program will give you access to a Quit Coach®, someone who will help you map out an individualized plan based on what will make you successful. You’ll have access to several tools, including Web Coach®, an interactive website filled with information to help you succeed. You may even qualify for free nicotine replacements, such as patch or gum. Don’t drop the ball.
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When it comes down to crunch time, Quitline Iowa can help you win your battle against tobacco. A successful quit takes strategy and planning, similar to what it takes to win a big championship game. Just like a basketball coach, our expert Quit Coaches will help you create a game plan custom tailored to your unique strengths and challenges, so you can be successful.
You’ll have the unlimited support of our dedicated Quit Coaches with coaching on the phone, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
By joining Quitline Iowa, you will also receive:
 
·         A printed Quit Guide to track your custom-developed Quitting Plan and help you through any difficult situations.
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·         Membership to Web Coach®, a private, online community where you can complete activities, watch videos, track your progress, and join discussions with other participants and coaches.
 
Call Quitline Iowa for help making sure you will win this final battle with tobacco. We can give you the right tools, knowledge, and confidence you need to deal with the emotional, behavioral, and environmental factors that often lead you to use tobacco. You wouldn’t go into a final game without your coach on your bench.
Don’t drop the ball. Why wait? Make this quit the final championship between you and tobacco.
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Lyme Disease

Symptoms

Lyme disease affects various parts of the body. Not everyone who gets Lyme disease will experience the same symptoms.

 

Early Infection

The best and earliest sign of infection is a rash, called erythema migrans (EM). EM will appear in around 60% - 80% of patients. EM may appear within a few days to a month, usually at the site of the tick bite. The rash will first appear as a small, red bump. Over the next few days, the redness expands. As the rash expands, it begins to look like a bull’s eye, with a red center and a red ring surrounding a clear area. EM should not be mistaken for any initial skin irritation at the site of the bite which fades within about a week.

 

Early Spread

If left untreated, multiple EM rashes may appear within 3-5 weeks after the tick bite. The onset of more than one rash shows that the infection has spread into the blood. The secondary rashes look like the first bull’s eye rash, but usually smaller in size. A person may experience additional symptoms like:

  • Mild eye infections
  • Paralysis of the facial muscles (Bell’s palsy)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (<10% of cases)

 

Late Disease

Symptoms of Lyme disease can last for several years, but tend to resolve on their own. Symptoms that may be seen in late disease include:

  • Recurrent arthritis commonly in the knees and shoulders
  • Impairment of mood, sleep, or memory
  • Paralysis of the muscles in the face
  • Pain or tingling in the extremities
  • Meningitis and encephalitis

Prevention

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid tick-infested areas. If you do spend time in these areas, the following can reduce your risk of infection.

 

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants tucked into socks or boots.
  • Stay on trails when walking or hiking and avoid high grass.
  • Use insect repellants. Repellants that contain DEET should be used in concentrations no higher than 15% for children and 30% for adults. Remember, repellants are not recommended to be used on infants. Permethrin is a repellant that can only be applied to clothing, not exposed skin.
  • After each day spent in tick-infested areas, check yourself your children, and your pets for ticks. Ticks tend to prefer the back of the knee, armpit, scalp, groin, and back of the neck.
  • Promptly remove any attached tick. Folk remedies, such as burning the tick with a match or covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish, are not effective and can be dangerous because they may force the tick to regurgitate its gut contents, increasing the risk of disease transmission. The tick removal method described below is proven to be effective, and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Carefully grasp the tick by using tweezers to grip the tick by its mouthparts which are close to the skin. Do not squeeze the tick’s body.
  • Pull steadily directly away from your skin. Because removing the tick is your main goal, do not be overly concerned if its mouthparts break off in the process (as they will be shed naturally).
  • Clean the wound and disinfect the site of the bite.

 

Prevention of Lyme disease also involves keeping wildlife (especially deer and rodents) out of your backyard and making your yard less attractive to ticks.

  • Remove leaf litter and brush from around your home.
  • Prune low-lying bushes to let in more sunlight.
  • Keep your grass short.
  • Plant deer resistant plants near your home.
  • Keep woodpiles in sunny areas off the ground.
  • Clean up the ground around bird feeders.
  • If you are going to use insecticides around your home, always follow the label instructions and never apply these chemicals near streams or other bodies of water.
 
Lyme Disease Fact Sheet<a href="http://www.idph.state.ia.us/idph_universalhelp/main.aspx?system=IdphEpiManua

 

 

When it comes down to crunch time, Quitline Iowa can help you win your battle against tobacco. A successful quit takes strategy and planning, similar to what it takes to win a championship game.

Enrolling in the program will give you access to a Quit Coach

 

Quitting Tobacco Doesn’t Have to Be Madness

 

 

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