Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that is spread to humans by tick bites.
While most tick bites are harmless, several species can cause life-threatening diseases.
People aren't able to become immune to Lyme disease. So even if you've had Lyme disease, you can get it again. No vaccine is available currently to prevent the disease in humans. To help prevent Lyme disease, follow these guidelines:
Look for ticks often on:
If you find a tick:
Many people infected with the Lyme bacteria will never have symptoms. Their bodies will cure the infection without needing any treatment. If the infection causes symptoms, the following are the most common ones that people have. They vary based on how long the person has had the infection.
The primary symptom is a red rash that:
Several days or weeks after a bite from an infected tick, you may get the rash again. When the rash returns, it often affects many parts of the body.You may also have flu-like symptoms, such as:
If your symptoms get worse or you have new symptoms, let your COPC healthcare provider know.
If you have questions about Lyme disease or how to protect yourself against it, talk with your COPC healthcare provider.
Your primary care physician can help you understand more about this disease.
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