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    Lyme Disease - What Happens

    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.

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    Scleroderma Diagnosis and Treatment

    If you think you have scleroderma, tell your doctor what symptoms you've noticed. In order to make a diagnosis, he'll ask you about your family's health history, look for changes in how thick your skin is, and do some tests. He may look at your finger under a microscope to check for changes in tiny blood vessels. These start to vanish early on in scleroderma. He’ll likely take a blood sample and send it to the lab to see if your immune system is in overdrive. Your doctor may also take a small...

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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