Lyme disease - what to ask your doctor
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread through the bite of one of several types of ticks. The disease can cause symptoms including bull's eye rash, chills, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider about Lyme disease.
What to ask your doctor about Lyme disease; Lyme borreliosis - questions; Bannwarth syndrome - questions
Where on my body am I most likely to get a tick bite?
If I get Lyme disease from a tick bite, what symptoms will I have?
How can my doctor diagnose me with Lyme disease? Can I be diagnosed even if I do not remember having a tick bite?
What are the antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease? How long do I need to take them? What are the side effects?
Will I have a full recovery from my Lyme disease symptoms?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Lyme disease. www.cdc.gov/lyme. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed September 5, 2018.
Steere AC. Lyme disease (Lyme Borreliosis) due to Borrelia burgdorferi. In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Updated Edition. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 243.
Wormser GP. Lyme disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 321.
Review Date: 7/12/2018
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