Facts About Lyme Disease: Part I

tick-1271763_1280Most of us have at least heard about Lyme disease and know that it’s contracted from a tick – but that’s the extent of most people’s knowledge. In order to keep you and your family safe it’s important to know the details of Lyme disease, including what exactly it is, the symptoms and side effects , how to prevent Lyme disease and the use of Lyme Disease Elisa test kits in detection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. With the exception of winter, when many, but not all, ticks are dormant, it’s possible to come into contact with a tick from spring through fall. That’s why isn’t important to be knowledgeable and aware of the risks.

What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that’s caused by bacteria carried by infected Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. Ticks are typically found in wooded and grassy areas.

Lyme disease can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. Lyme disease is treatable, but it can cause serious health problems if you wait too long to receive treatment. Many people with Lyme disease don’t know they have it until their symptoms are advanced. Knowing the signs and symptoms will help you to seek treatment as early as possible.

To learn more about Lyme disease, continue reading our next blog post, Lyme Disease Symptoms & Prevention: Part II.

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