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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Overview)

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by tick bites. Symptoms after initial infection include fever, headache, fatigue, and a circular rash that looks like a bull's eye target. Untreated Lyme disease can damage the heart, joints, and nervous system.


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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Bacterial Infection: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick. The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you dont wait. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Overview)

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by tick bites. Symptoms after initial infection include fever, headache, fatigue, and a circular rash that looks like a bull's eye target. Untreated Lyme disease can damage the heart, joints, and nervous system.


Dr. Jennifer Diabo
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What is the definition or description of: Lyme disease vaccine?

Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
17 years in practice
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No available vaccine: Lymerix- the lyme vaccine was pulled from the market in 2002. There is no currently available lyme disease vaccination unless you are a dog! ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Many people with Lyme disease feel worse in hot weather. Stay in AC if you can on hot days. ...See more

Dr. Randy Baker
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What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

Dr. Randy Baker
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What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

Borrelia bacteria: Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi.It is usually transmitted by deer ticks & the longer the tick is attached the greater the chance of infection.However, about half of those with lyme do not recall being bitten by a tick.It is proven that stinging flies can transmit it & possibly spiders, mosquitoes etc.It may be sexually transmitted & passed to babies in utero. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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How does Lyme disease spread?

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Tick borne: It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the ixodes tick. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Do tuck your pant legs into your socks when traveling in tick infested regions. ...See more

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Very rarely: Idiopathic (no cause known) bell's palsy is the presentation seen in the vast majority of patients presenting with bell's palsy. Bell's palsy caused by lyme disease is only a small fraction of all bell's palsy and should only be attributed to lyme disease in documented cases. People presenting with bell's palsy w/out other signs suggestive of lyme disease or endemic areas, aren't to be tested 4 it. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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What is the single best test for Lyme disease?

Dr. Randy Baker
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What is the single best test for Lyme disease?

Possibly new culture: There are many tests for lyme, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- i recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratory services may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Do be sure the diagnosis is correct. It is often misdiagnosed. Don't use antibiotics longterm. ...See more

Dr. Tedde Rinker
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How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

Dr. Tedde Rinker
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How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

Many factors : Depends on a lot of things. Untreated, lyme disease can spread to many organs over weeks & months, yet still not show symptoms. Or, a person could get very ill within days of the tick bite. Untreated, lyme disease does not go away by itself, even if the symptoms get better. Complete treatment is necessary, for weeks if just after tick bite, and months if treatment delayed. ...Read more

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