Worried About Lyme Disease?
In the best cases you will have headed off trouble -- but if you notice any
symptoms of the disease (a rash, headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, and
general tiredness), call your doctor immediately.
And don't despair if your child is diagnosed with Lyme disease. According to
Feder, the disease is highly treatable with antibiotics, if taken early. Late
treatment may require longer-term antibiotics administered through an IV tube,
but recovery rates are good. Sally's daughter is nearly recovered a year after
contracting the disease. Still, Sally wishes they had been more vigilant.
"We probably weren't cautious enough about having our daughter check
herself," she says. "In areas like ours, you really have to be
Ben Kallen is senior writer for Men's Fitness
magazine. He has written on health, nutrition, and psychology for Shape,
Muscle & Fitness, Publishers Weekly, and Family PC.