One Man's Experience with Lyme Disease

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This video presents the story of John, who got Lyme disease from a tick bite, while on a camping trip with his son. John talks about his early symptoms and his diagnosis by his physician, Dr. Heaton. Dr. Heaton discusses some common concerns that patients have about Lyme disease. The video concludes with John suggesting some tips for avoiding tick bites and Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. Most cases occur in New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the Upper Midwest. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is typically treated with a 10-21 day course of antibiotics.

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