Can Lyme disease be treated?
There is a general misconception that Lyme disease is difficult to cure. In fact, the prognosis of Lyme disease is excellent, whether treated in its early or late stages. The treatment for Lyme disease consists of an antibiotic prescribed by your pediatrician for 14-21 days. It is not recommended to conduct blood testing after treatment for Lyme disease in order to confirm that your child has been cured. This is because test results may remain positive even after treatment. Don’t be alarmed, this does not mean that your child is still infected.
How can I prevent Lyme disease?
Your child is at greatest risk for coming in contact with ticks in the spring and summer months (April-September) while playing outdoors in wooded areas. Preventative measures include avoiding wooded, brushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter; wearing long pants (tucked into socks) and long sleeved shirts when playing outdoors; performing whole-body checks for ticks while bathing or showering; and using tick repellents such as DEET. Occasionally, ticks may come into the home on clothing or pets. Clothes should be washed with hot water and should tumble dry on high heat for at least 10 minutes.
Note about DEET: Caution must be taken while using DEET. Always follow packaging instructions and labeling carefully. DEET should not be applied directly on the skin and should especially be avoided on the hands, eyes, and mouth.
Main image: When walking or playing in long grass or wooded areas, it's recommended you wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent ticks from biting.
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