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Lyme Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected tick.

What increases your risk for Lyme disease?

What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell him or her if you live or work in a grassy or wooded area or have been active outside in these areas. You may need any of the following:

How is Lyme disease treated?

Antibiotics treat the bacteria infection.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I prevent a tick bite?

Ticks live in areas covered by brush and grass. They may even be found in your lawn if you live in certain areas. Outdoor pets can carry ticks inside the house. Ticks can grab onto you or your clothes when you walk by grass or brush. If you go into areas that contain many trees, tall grasses, and underbrush, do the following:

Prevent Lyme Disease

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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