Lyme Disease Directory
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Named after the town in Connecticut where the disease was first discovered, Lyme disease causes a peculiar rash and arthritis symptoms. Lyme disease has been reported in nearly all U.S. states, although most cases are concentrated in the coastal northeast, Mid-Atlantic States, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and northern California. In addition to causing arthritis, Lyme disease can also cause heart, brain, and nerve problems. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Lyme disease is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention
The forecast for Lyme disease, plus the early symptoms, a photo of the bull's-eye rash, how it's treated, and, most importantly, how to prevent it.
Treatments for Lyme Disease
Lyme disease treatment depends on the stage of the disease but usually includes antibiotics. Learn more at WebMD.
How Do I Know If I Have Lyme Disease?
Some tests check for Lyme disease, but they’re not precise. Because of that, your symptoms and the time you spend outdoors are key to a diagnosis.
Preventing Lyme Disease
WebMD's tips on preventing Lyme disease.
Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)
Learn how chronic Lyme disease is diagnosed and what treatments can help.
Lyme Disease Worries
The illness is on the rise among children, but you can take the right precautions to keep your family tick-free.
Summer Health Risks vs. Realities
The news media are so full of warnings about potential summer health hazards that you may wonder, as the season wears on, how anyone ever comes through unscathed.
Safer Bug Spray: Natural Bug Repellents
WebMD discusses natural options for insect control and offers comparisons of natural repellents with popular chemical repellents such as DEET.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the deer tick. Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975 after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Connecticut, and two neighboring towns. This picture shows the characteristic bullseye rash caused by a tick bite.
Slideshow: Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know About Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
WebMD's Lyme Disease Slideshow provides up-close pictures of Lyme disease rashes and the ticks that can carry the disease, along with information on symptoms at each stage of the disease, the diagnostic testing used, common treatments, and essential prevention measures.
Slideshow: What You Need to Know About Fleas and Ticks
Are you battling fleas and ticks? Pictures show the warning signs of infestation and the best ways to get rid of fleas and ticks on your pet and in the home.
Slideshow: Summer Skin Hazards -- Stings, Bites, Burns, and More
Don’t let spider bites, sunburn, poison ivy, chigger bites, and jellyfish stings sabotage your healthy skin. This slideshow illustrates what to watch for -- so you can stay safe this summer.