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Lyme Disease: Important Facts You May Not Know

Lyme disease is a serious infectious disease that can have lifelong consequences. Spread by two different regional ticks, the bacteria responsible for Lyme can cause flu-like symptoms in most people. Left untreated, Lyme disease can attack different tissues in the body, including the heart and nervous system, causing damage. 

Most people know the basics about how to spot Lyme disease -- look for a “bullseye” rash in the area of the suspected tick bite and watch for fatigue, fever, chills, and other symptoms similar to the flu. But there are other important facts about Lyme disease you may not be aware of. 

Knowing more about your risk and the potential for serious complications can help you prevent exposure to Lyme disease. Here at Firshein Center in Manhattan, New York, Dr. Richard Firshein and his team want to share some key information so you’re in the know about Lyme.

Facts about Lyme disease













Removing a tick

When you find a tick on your body, you may be so freaked out that you just want to rip it out as fast as possible. But don’t do that, because taking it out the wrong way can leave the tick’s mouth parts embedded in your skin. 

First, use tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin, and pull it straight out with a steady motion. Then gently wash the skin around the tick bite with soap and water and pat dry.

If you think you’ve been exposed to Lyme disease, have a bullseye rash, or any of the other symptoms of Lyme disease, don’t wait. Reach out to our office immediately to schedule an appointment.

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