Lyme Disease - Topic Overview
The main treatment for Lyme
antibiotics. These medicines usually cure Lyme disease
within 3 weeks of starting treatment.
It's important to get
treatment for Lyme disease as soon as you can. If it goes untreated, Lyme disease can lead to problems with
your skin, joints, nervous system, and heart. These can occur weeks, months, or
even years after your tick bite. The problems often get better with
antibiotics, but in rare cases they can last the rest of your life.
The best way to
prevent Lyme disease is to protect yourself from ticks. Cover up as much skin
as you can when you're going to be in wooded or grassy areas. Wear a hat, a
long-sleeved shirt, and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks. And
keep in mind that it's easier to see ticks on light-colored clothes.
Use a bug repellent that has a chemical (such as DEET, IR3535, or Picaridin) to keep away ticks. Check your pets for ticks after they've been outside.
You can't get Lyme disease from your pet. But your pet can bring infected ticks
inside. These ticks can fall off your pet and attach to you.