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What is Lyme?

The deer tick, which carries the

Borrelia bugdorferi bacteria, is the size of a poppy seed in the nymph stage. To avoid catching the disease, do a body check after being in nature. This should be done each day for at least three days after being in nature.

What Are Symptoms of Tick-borne Infections?

Chronic Lyme disease develops when a person has been infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, receives treatment, yet continues to have symptoms. The infection is most often spread through tick bites. It is also called "post-treatment Lyme disease" or "persistent Lyme disease."


Experts do not agree on the number of people who have the disease, what tests are more reliable and what treatment is best. However, most do agree that the disease is under reported and the number infected is growing all over the United States. 


Additionally, while “Lyme disease” refers to infection from the Borrelia bacteria, many people with Lyme disease will also have infections from other bacteria and parasites that are carried by ticks. Grouped together, they are called “tick-borne infections.” Diagnosing these infections and treating them early may have a significant impact on whether a Lyme disease patient sees improvement.

Some other tick-borne infections include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, bartonella henselae (cat scratch fever), Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, Powassan encephalitis, Q fever, relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tick paralysis and tularemia.

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

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