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Health Information For Teens
Does the thought of Lyme disease make you worry about enjoying the great outdoors? Here are some ways to lower your risk for Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a tick bite. The infection can lead to problems with the skin, heart, brain, and joints. Treatment with
usually cures Lyme disease, especially when started early. Rarely, symptoms of Lyme disease can last after treatment.
No, not all tick bites cause Lyme disease. Only deer ticks (sometimes called black-legged ticks) cause Lyme disease. And most people bitten by one of these ticks don’t usually get Lyme disease because:
Anyone bitten by an infected deer tick can get Lyme disease. Most U.S. cases of Lyme disease happen in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. But Lyme disease is found in other parts of the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia too.
Besides living in one of these areas, other things that might increase your risk include:
Not all cases of Lyme disease can be prevented. But you can protect yourself from tick bites. If you go into an area where ticks live, be sure to:
You should know how to remove a tick just in case one lands on you or a friend. To be safe, remove the tick as soon as possible.
If you find a tick:
Note: Don’t use petroleum jelly or a lit match to kill a tick. They won’t get the tick off your skin quickly enough, and may just cause it to burrow deeper into your skin.
Lyme disease can be treated if it’s caught early. Find out what causes it, how it’s treated, and how to prevent it.
Generally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease caused by a bacteria that is carried by certain types of ticks. Learn about the signs and symptoms of RMSF and tips for preventing infection in this article.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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