Lyme Disease

Quick Facts about Lyme Disease

Quick Facts help you understand Lyme Disease but are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by your doctor.

Earlier symptoms may be fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain and swollen lymph nodes. A rash may be apparent but not always appear. A rash typically arises within days of a tick bite and may show the bulls eye appearance with the rash encircling the bite location. Later symptoms may include headaches, neck stiffness, arthritis, dizziness and irregular heartbeat. 

bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi from the bite of black legged ticks

Be aware when in areas with blacklegged ticks; cover exposed legs, feet and arms with clothing to avoid exposure to ticks, use insect repellant; stay informed on Doctors Report Illness Tracker of areas with many cases and increase prevention accordingly

Lyme Disease may be successfully treated with antibiotics when treatment is timely. Doctor diagnosis and treatment is important at the earliest possible time. 

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Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

Published 01/31/2018

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report.

But it can transmit other diseases.

The researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing more than 60 studies published over three decades.


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Published 12/12/2017

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Published 12/12/2017

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SATURDAY, Sept. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to be outdoors this holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to know that ticks a...

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Health Tip: Recognizing Lyme Disease Don't ignore these symptoms

(HealthDay News) -- Lyme disease, caused by the bacteriumB. burgdorferi, is transmitted by biting deer ticks that are quite small and may be difficult to see.

Within 30 days of a deer tick bite, a circular red patch of about five...

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