- According to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) guidelines, the test performed on ticks for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is NOT 100% accurate. It is possible for a tick to test negative and be infected.
- You can contract many tick-borne diseases simultaneously from the same tick bite. Present tick testing does NOT test for other tick-borne infections.
- Being bitten by an infected tick does not always mean that you will get Lyme disease.
- The longer the tick is attached the greater the chance of infection.
- Not everyone infected with Lyme disease will develop a rash, however if you get the Erythema Migrans rash, you do have Lyme disease. Seek immediate medical attention.
- The rash or rashes may be raised, hot to touch, itchy, crusty, oozy, circular, spreading out, oval, triangular, long-thin line, disappear and return, at the site of the bite or on other parts of your body.
- Current tests for Lyme disease are not definitive and according to ILADS guidelines, people with the disease may test negative yet be infected.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines suggest that the diagnosis of Lyme disease be clinical, based on exposure and symptoms. According to CDC estimates, the real incidence of Lyme disease is 8-10 times the reported number.
- If infected, symptoms may not appear for days, weeks, months, or years after being bitten.
- Symptoms may range from subtle to severe, may come and go, and difficult to recognize because it mimics other diseases (The Great Imitator).
- According to the CDC, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease can potentially enter the central nervous system within days of a tick bite, making treatment more difficult.
- According to ILADS guidelines, treatment length varies from patient to patient. Treating a tick bite generally requires a shorter course of treatment than treating a central nervous system/brain infection.
CONSIDER THE ABOVE WHEN DECIDING WHETHER TO REQUEST PREVENTIVE ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT FROM YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.
Some of the 200 other diseases Lyme symptoms may mimic include: Alzheimer’s, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Infectious Mononucleosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus.