LYME Disease identification and prevention facts:
Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash
Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite
Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick, and the disease is prevalent across Sonoma County
The elisa screening test is unreliable. The test misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease (only 65% sensitivity)
If you have had a tick bite, please know that there are several facts that can increase the possibilty that you have been infected:
- Improper removal of tick
- The duration of tick bite (the longer the tick has been biting you, the more likely the risk of infection).
- Presence of a rash (Erythema Migrans). The rash does NOT always present in the shape of a circle or "bullseye" lesion.
- ANY symptoms after the tick bite (usu between 1-6 weeks) which may resemble the flu.
What are some symptoms of possible infection after a tick bite?
-Aches and pains
-Flu like symptoms
-Possible low fever (not always present)
Lyme disease is a very serious problem that is becoming more and more common in Sonoma County. If you have been bitten by a tick, please take this seriously and have your bite evaluated within the first week following the bite. Early evaluation and treatment can be critically important. Lyme disease is known as one of the "great mimickers" in modern medicine and can look like may other problems. Left untreated or undiagnosed it can also lead to serious and debilitating symptoms.
To learn more about LYME disease and early detection, or to have your tick removed, to have your tick bite evaluated, please call: 707-292-8882.
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