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Understanding Lyme Disease

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Bull's-eye rash caused by Lyme disease
Recently, there have been reports of an increase in cases of Lyme disease. It's important for all parents to understand Lyme disease, its symptoms and how to prevent it.

Facts about Lyme disease

Symptoms and treatment of Lyme disease

If you live near or have recently visited an area where ticks are common, you should call your pediatrician immediately if your child has any of the following symptoms:

In most cases, Lyme disease is easily recognized and responds to treatment with antibiotics. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to infections of the nervous system, such as meningitis or facial muscle palsy.

Preventing tick bites

Here are some steps you can take to prevent tick bites:

What to do if you find a tick on your child

If you find a tick on your child, take the following steps to remove it:

After you have removed the tick, call your pediatrician to see if your child should be evaluated. If your child develops a rash or flu-like symptoms, take him to the doctor right away so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr. MD
Date: July 2014

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