Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease and should I get tested.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

(Information from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)

How to Prepare for Lyme Disease

We are hearing that this may be worse tick season ever, so people should be cautious.

  1. Wear repellant and GET TESTED QUICK
  2. MOST tick bites go unnoticed, so they should also watch for flu-like and/or arthritic symptoms,
  3. If in doubt, call us for testing!  704-282-9355
  4. Many physician’s offices are reluctant to order tests and if not caught soon enough, treatment can be extended and permanent damage was done.