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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #2 Prevention is the only cure!


#1:  BE AWARE OF WHAT CAN BITE YOU

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#2:  PROTECT YOURSELF WHILE OUTDOORS (INCLUDING GARDENING)

#3:  PERFORM TICK CHECKS

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#4:  LEARN WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET BIT AND SAVE YOUR TICK FOR TESTING

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SEND THE TICK TO THE BAY AREA LYME FOUNDATION FOR TESTING

Bay Area Lyme Foundation test for the following six pathogens:

  • Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease
  • Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes tick-borne relapsing fever

  • Babesia microti, which causes Babesiosis

  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes anaplasmosis

  • Ehrlichia chafeensis, which causes human monocytic erhlichiosis

  • Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever


#5:  OPTIONS IF YOU HAVE BEEN BIT

Be proactive or take the wait and see approach.  Your decision.

Proactive would mean going to see a Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) for consultation. Not your regular MD.  Regular MD’s are not educated in Lyme Disease, co-infections and testing.  The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and Lymenet.org have a LLMD finder for your area.

Wait and see approach:  Most people don’t get a rash but that doesn’t mean you don’t have an infection.  Some people get flu-like symptoms.  Meaning they get fatigue, stiffness, sleep pattern changes, a fever or irritability.  Once the rash and/or flu like symptoms go away that does not mean you do not have an infection.  It may mean that the infection is in the dormant stage.  If you have a rash you should see an LLMD.  If left untreated Lyme will become chronic and problems will develop later in life.

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