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What problems can be caused by Lyme disease from ticks?

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If you don’t treat Lyme disease, it can lead to severe problems, such as:

  • Brain and nervous system problems
  • Joint pain that doesn’t go away
  • Heart issues
  • Problems with memory and thinking clearly

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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