Lyme disease is caused
by a bite from a tick that is infected with bacteria. When an infected tick bites you, bacteria travel
to the tick's salivary glands and then into your body through your skin. It
takes about 24 hours for a tick to attach itself to the skin and begin to feed.
The tick generally must be attached to you for about 36 hours in order for it
to transmit the Lyme disease bacteria.
There are three stages of Lyme disease. If the disease isn't treated, it may progress in stages from mild symptoms to serious, long-term disabilities.
Because there is no cure for osteoarthritis (OA), medications focus on pain relief. If you have OA, consider the following risks and benefits of different pain relievers to make the decision that is best for you.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 21, 2012
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