AN OVERVIEW OF LYME DISEASE: LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY TICKS AND PREVENT TICK BITES, WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A TICK, THE STAGES AND SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE, HOW LYME DISEASE IS DIAGNOSED, AND ABOUT OTHER TICK-BORNE DISEASES.
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LEARN WHAT IT CAN FEEL LIKE TO EXPERIENCE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE, HOW TO MANAGE THOSE SYMPTOMS, AND HOW TO CREATE AN ENRICHING LIFE WHILE WORKING TOWARDS RECOVERY.
OverviewWhat is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. It often causes a rash and can also cause mild symptoms that can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. But Lyme disease can become serious, especially if not treated early.
The condition is named for Lyme, Connecticut, where a cluster of cases was first described in 1977. Despite its name, Lyme disease has been reported in every U.S. state except Hawaii. Once thought of as a “woods of New England” problem, if you spend time outside, you should understand Lyme disease.
Protect YourselfYou can safely enjoy the outdoors
Tick bites can spread pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other infections. Preventing tick bites can help prevent Lyme disease.
Each of these steps adds an extra layer of protection and can help you enjoy the outdoors safely:
Use insect repellents that repel ticks
Tick-proof clothing and gear
Bring extra repellent and a tick removal kit.
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