What To Do If You Suspect Lyme Disease

May 3, 2018 5:53 pm Published by

Now that warm weather is here, we will find ourselves out and about in the outdoors. Outdoor time provides us with fresh air and space to stretch out, but it also exposes us to some of nature’s creatures and critters. In the Northeast, Lyme Disease is a baterial infection that is usually spread by ticks (and sometimes other insects) that carry the bacterium. You can get Lyme disease if you are bitten by an infected tick.  Only about 25% of ticks are infected.

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

  • One of the most obvious is a round, red rash (bulls eye shape) that can get quite large and then disappear
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Untreated Lyme Disease can cause swelling/joint pain, tingling/numbness in your limbs, lack of energy that doesn’t return, poor memory, or weakness of facial muscles

Diagnosis

Your health care provider will ask you questions about your activities and health. He/she may order a blood test to diagnose Lyme disease.

Treatment

The main treatment for Lyme Disease is antibiotics. It is important to get started on them as soon as possible so the disease does not progress.

Stony Creek Urgent Care Center is here to provide timely, affordable service from our staff of medical professionals. Visit us at one of two convenient locations and check-in online in Orange or Branford.