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Lyme  Disease

 

Is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks.  Common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic circular skin rash. Untreated and Lyme disease infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system. Untreated Lyme disease can also mimic other diseases, sometimes being difficult to diagnose 

Diagnosis and Interventions

Lyme disease is commonly diagnosed by recognizing the circular rash called Erythema Migrans, swollen lymph nodes and joints, facial palsy, cerebral and spinal inflammation among many other subtle, but painful indicators.  Blood tests can indicate the presence of certain antibodies, which may take weeks to develop. Caught early, treatment includes antibiotics.  Late stage Lyme disease is treated by IV and supportive therapies designed to treated impacted areas.