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Posted on 06-06-2018

LYME 101

 
Lyme Disease is an inflammatory infection that spreads to people via tick bites. The image here shows a small, young tick, known as a nymph, as well as an adult tick. Anytime the temperature climbs above 4 degrees celsius, we need to be looking out for ticks.  That means we are now in tick season and Ontario has the highest number of reported cases of Lyme Disease of any province in Ontario.  
The Canlyme website is a rich and thorough resource for all things "Lyme". You can learn prevention, proper tick removal, the 3 stages of Lyme Disease, the variety of possible symptoms, how to get a diagnosis, how to live with Lyme Disease, and the support groups available.
Lyme Disease is very difficult to diagnose.  Symptoms can be as simple as flu-like symptoms and as complex as neurological illnesses, including paralysis. It can masquerade as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Fibromyalgia, ALS or even dementia. Symptoms can vary a great deal from one case to another.
Lyme Disease is most treatable during Stage 1, the first few days after the bite/infection.  As days pass, both treatment and diagnosis become more difficult, and symptoms become increasingly worse.
Be vigilant about checking for ticks after being outdoors.  Check yourself, your family and friends, and also your pets. If you've been bitten by a tick, remove it carefully and keep it for testing purposes.  Don't wait for symptoms to get worse. Visit the Canlyme website for the list of  possible symptoms.  If you suspect Lyme, find the Patient'sChecklist on the website and complete it to take to your initial appointment with your doctor, along with the actual tick.
Arm yourself with knowledge, and then share it with others.

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