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What Doctors Need to Know About Lyme Disease
Posted on: 5/7/2018

The key is screening and proper treatment of the disease.

With most ticks becoming active starting in April, tick season is well underway!

Alert patients about the importance of taking precautions against tick bites, which carry the risk for Lyme disease.

The carrier of this potentially fatal bacterial infection is the lxodes tick, also known as the deer tick or the black-legged tick. The bacteria can spread and cause serious health issues for patients if not diagnosed and treated early.  

Patients should consult a physician immediately if they experience a rash or any unexplained illness following a tick bite. The key is screening and proper treatment of the disease. 

Ticks cannot fly or jump – they just wait in a position called "questing." The ticks hold onto leaves or grass by their third and fourth pair of legs, while holding their first pair of legs outstretched – waiting for an unsuspecting person or animal to walk by. Then they quickly climb on board.

Patients can guard against tick bites by covering up, wearing insect repellent that contains at least 20 percent DEET, and removing ticks as soon as possible with tweezers.   

Did you know? Children are at the highest risk of acquiring Lyme disease.

Access ISMS' educational web page on Lyme disease.  


Post this infographic on your practice website,
share via social media, or hang in your exam rooms.

Other resources for physicians

Access CDC information for physicians

Tick-borne Diseases of the United States – A Reference Manual


Check out this interactive map showing Lyme disease
reported cases in the United States (1990-2016), courtesy
of the Lyme Disease Association (click on any state).

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