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Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria known as spirochetes. This type of bacteria is transmitted when certain types of ticks attach to a person’s skin and feed on that person’s blood. The common name for this type of tick is the deer tick. Lyme disease is spread when infected ticks attach and feed on humans long enough. Untreated Lyme disease may lead to arthritis, neurologic problems, or meningitis. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics. Children do not have to be excluded from group settings.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Large, expanding circular rash with a center that appears like a tick bite.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Mild neck stiffness
  • Flu-like symptoms

How to control it?

  • Avoid places ticks resides (i.e. tall grassy areas, bushes, wooded areas).
  • Wear hats, light-colored clothing, long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks, and closed shoes if going into tick habitats.
  • Spray permethrin on clothing to prevent tick attachment. Apply this outdoors in a well-ventilated area when clothing is off of the child.

What should parents/caregivers do?

  • Inspect your child’s skin and scalp after possible tick exposure.
  • For removal, a tick should be grasped with fine tweezers. Gently pull straight without twisting motions. Do not use your fingers to remove ticks.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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