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Why is it important to treat Lyme disease?

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If not found and treated, Lyme disease can lead to problems with your joints, heart, and nervous system. It can even affect your memory.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease.”

LymeDisease.org: “About Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease Diagnosis.”

Lyme Research Alliance: “Diagnostic Dilemma: A Guide: The Diagnostic Dilemma of Lyme Disease.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Diagnosis and Testing,” “Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease: Two-Step Laboratory Testing Process.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

American Lyme Disease Foundation: “How To Find a Physician To Treat Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease.”

LymeDisease.org: “About Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease Diagnosis.”

Lyme Research Alliance: “Diagnostic Dilemma: A Guide: The Diagnostic Dilemma of Lyme Disease.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Diagnosis and Testing,” “Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease: Two-Step Laboratory Testing Process.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

American Lyme Disease Foundation: “How To Find a Physician To Treat Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 31, 2017

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