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Don’t wait to determine Lyme disease

In the two previous articles on Lyme disease we explained the importance of prevention and prompt treatment of early Lyme disease. What happens if an individual is not treated promptly? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by mostly the Deer tick. When a tick bites, it injects the individual with the Lyme disease bacteria. […]

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What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted almost exclusively by Deer tick bites. Unfortunately these ticks are abundant in our neck of the woods. In our previous article, the importance of Lyme disease prevention was stressed through prompt and appropriate tick removal and antibiotic prophylaxis. Prophylaxis is the medical term used when a […]

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Even Ticks have a Fall Season

Fall is here! It’s time to start putting away yard equipment, watch the kids participate in outdoor sporting events or a stroll through the many scenic parks or wooded neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and New York. It’s also tick season. Yes, even they have a season. Early to late spring and fall […]

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Lyme Disease Transmission

The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, normally lives in mice, squirrels and other small animals. It is transmitted among these animals and to humans through the bites of certain species of ticks. In the northeastern and north-central United States, the black-legged tick (or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) transmits Lyme disease. In the Pacific coastal United […]

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Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

Avoid areas with a lot of ticks Ticks prefer wooded and bushy areas with high grass and a lot of leaf litter. These are very common in the Wilmington, Delaware area. These are areas to avoid. Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. This is when ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active. […]

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We recommend Sawyer’s Insect Repellant

Insect repellant for ticksSawyer not only repels insects, it actually kill ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites and more than 100 other kinds of insects. Sawyer repellents are for use on clothing, tents and other gear only. A single application will remain effective for up to six weeks, even if you wash the garment once a week. […]

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26 reasons why you might receive a false “negative Lyme test”

1. Recent infection before immune response 2. Antibodies are in immune complexes 3. Spirochete encapsulated by host tissue (i.e.: lymphocytic cell walls) 4. Spirochete is deep in host tissue (i.e.: fibroblasts, neurons, etc.) 5. Blebs in body fluid, no whole organisms available for PCR 6. No spirochetes in body fluid on day of test 7. […]

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