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Lyme disease (sometimes mistakenly referred to as lime disease) is a disease carried by deer ticks which was first identified and diagnosed in Lyme, Connecticut.

It sometimes produces a well-known "bull's eye" rash around the tick bite - but not always.

It can be effectively treated with antibiotics in the early stages. However, if left untreated Lyme disease may result in a myriad of more serious symptoms. These may range from light dizziness to joint pain (or even chronic arthritis) and, in the later stages, severe headaches and chronic memory loss.

Typical lyme disease bullseye rash
Lyme disease
"bulls-eye" rash

Common ringworm

Other neurological disorders may include muscle weakness or temporary paralysis of the facial muscles (Bell's palsy), with symptoms of fatigue or general malaise that may last for weeks or months.

UPDATE: a vaccine is currently under development to protect against Lyme disease, although it may take several years more years of testing before the vaccine is safely released to the public.

Meanwhile, here's help in identifying Lyme disease and how best to prevent it:

Bulls eye rash or ringworm?

Although somewhat similar in appearance, there are telltale signs that set a Lyme disease bulls eye rash apart from ringworm, which is caused by a less harmful fungal infection.

Generally, bulls eye rashes are level with the skin. Ringworm is raised and may also often appear scaly or oozy to the touch. Ringworm will usually respond to antifungal or hydrocortisone creams, while a bulls eye rash will not.

If you suspect ringworm but it happens to be accompanied by other symptoms such as headache, joint pain, and dizziness (the early signs of Lyme disease) -- see your doctor immediately.

How to prevent Lyme disease:

• Guard against tick bites by avoiding heavily wooded areas wherever possible.

• Apply tick repellent and wear protective clothing such as long pants and sleeved shirts. Light-colored clothing makes ticks easier to detect.

• Carefully inspect your body after outdoor activities in wooded areas, and, if ticks are found, gently remove them with tweezers & apply antiseptic

Around the Web, learn what to look for and what to do if you think you've caught the disease - at top sites featuring pictures, diagrams, tips and advice on symptoms and treatment plus how to avoid lyme disease and other tick borne diseases ....

also see -> Skin Rashes | Skin Rash Pictures | Spider bites

More about lyme disease around the Web:

American Lyme Disease Foundation - Comprehensive info including symptoms, diagnosis, antibiotics in treatment, tick removal, regional statistics with related news, links and resources.

CDC Lyme Disease Home Page - Good overview with clickable photos of the deer tick and the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium that causes the disease, a national Lyme disease risk map, and information on prevention and control, symptoms and treatment, a brief history of the disease and related references.

Lyme Disease and associated tick-borne diseases: The Basics - Everything you need to know including an easy-to-read symptoms check list. Viewable on the Web or in PDF or Word format.

Lyme Info Net - This link directory has most of the better resources categorized to make finding what you're looking for a bit easier. Excellent coverage of vaccine issues.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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