Lyme Disease

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lyme disease is an infection that can be carried by ticks and passed on to humans. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this disease and how it is treated in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the spirochete bacteria. The bacteria that cause Lyme disease are carried by ticks. The disease can be passed to animals and people through tick bites. These ticks are about the size of a sesame seed.

People who work outside or in wooded areas, such as park rangers and construction workers, are at most risk of getting Lyme disease.

Lyme disease can cause a rash on your skin. Usually, the rash appears 3 to 30 days after a tick bite. The rash normally starts at the site of the bite and as a small red spot that grows larger. The center may fade causing it to resemble a bulls eye. The center can also become even darker in the middle.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include muscle aches, joint pain and drooping of part of the face.

Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all the medicine your doctor prescribes to keep the disease from spreading to your joints, nervous system or heart.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.