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Are there ways to prevent Lyme Disease?

There are many way to prevent Lyme disease; however, it may not be a way you might think of. You can prevent Lyme disease by taking precautions to prevent ticks from getting on you and into your life. Click Here for Tips on Prevention

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Where are Lyme carrying ticks found? Isn’t it true that they are only in wooded areas?

The most common tick that carries Lyme disease is the black-legged tick. They can be found in the woods, your yard, in an open field, the side of the road, or a city park. Believe it or not, people have even contracted Lyme disease in the middle of New York City and Chicago.

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How should I remove a tick?

The first and greatest piece of advice is do not burn or put any substance like alcohol on the tick. This will just cause the tick to panic and regurgitate its gut contents. Yep, that’s right, the tick will throw up in you.  Not only does this sound repulsive, it actually increases the likelihood that you will get any diseases that the tick is carrying. Now that we have that cleared up, the best method of tick removal is to use a device especially designed for tick removal. The easiest place to find them is in a good pet store. Then just read the instructions that came with the device.

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What’s the difference between tick larvae, nymphs and adults?

Ticks hatch as a larvae. Only a small portion of larvae carry the Lyme bacteria. Once they are done feeding as larvae, they molt into a nymph. Nymphs are guilty of causing the majority of lyme disease cases (Blame the nymphs!) for a couple of reasons. First, they are active during the late spring and summer months, when most people are active outside. Also, nymphs are the size of a poppy seed or a single little freckle – now that’s small! Most of us wouldn’t notice one extra freckle. Adult ticks also carry Lyme disease and are active early spring, later in the summer into the fall.

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Is it true that if I don’t have a bulls-eye rash I can’t have Lyme disease?

Sadly, no. Conservative estimates are that at most 50% of Lyme patients got a rash. I never had one.

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How soon do the symptoms of Lyme disease appear?

Symptoms will appear anywhere from 3 to 30 days after being bitten.

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My Lyme test came back negative does that mean I definitely don’t have Lyme disease?

I SO wish it was that easy. Lyme disease tests may be effective at its earliest stages, but, after that, Borrelia becomes a master of disguise and evades conventional forms of testing.

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Why do I need a Lyme literate medical doctor (LLMD)?

Depending on where you are in your search for a diagnosis, you may have noticed that some doctors don’t understand the complexities of Lyme (silly people) as much as others. The majority of physicians have not been educated specifically on the appropriate way to diagnose and treat Lyme disease and its co-infections. Lyme literate doctors received training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). In order to find a LLMD near you, use the link below.

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What are co-infections?

Co-infections are other diseases carried by ticks that are often transferred from the tick at the same time with the Lyme bacteria. The most common co-infections include: Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehrlichia. Ask your Lyme specialist if you might have any co-infections.

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What is a herx?

Herx is short for Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. (Now you know why it’s shortened to “herx.”)  A herx reaction is believed to happen when bacteria release toxins into the body as they die. The release of these toxins result in inflammation, fatigue and pain. So, if you are feeling like crap from a herx at least you can celebrate the death of thousands of bacteria!

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