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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by the deer tick (black-legged tick). Untreated, it can affect the joints, nervous system, and heart.
There is currently no vaccine, so prevention is important:
- When going outdoors, wear light clothing with long sleeves and pants tucked into socks.
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass.
- Walk in the center of trails
- Use insect repellents as appropriate
When coming indoors, check clothing for ticks and shower and change as soon as possible. Do a tick check while showering or shortly afterwards.
If you find a tick, it should be removed with fine tipped tweezers. Keep the insect if you think you’ve been bitten. Contact your primacy care provider if you think you’ve been bitten to discuss antibiotic prophylaxis.