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Lyme 101: What You Need To Know

Daily Voice White Plains features a bylined article by Sarah Faith Taber, MD, pediatric rheumatologist at HSS, on what families should know about the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.

Dr. Taber wrote the easiest way to avoid a tick bite is by staying away from places where ticks are typically found (i.e., wooded areas, tall grasses and brush). She suggested walking or biking in well-cleared paths, prohibiting children or pets from wandering off the trail, and wearing long sleeves and pants to limit skin exposure. Additionally, after spending time outside, Dr. Taber advised doing a tick check and checking every family member over (including pets). If a tick is found, Dr. Taber cited there is no reason to panic, as ticks must be attached for up to 3 days prior to transmitting bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. She noted daily tick checks and prompt removal might be enough to prevent infection.

Dr. Taber concluded Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics in all three of its phases. The type of antibiotic and duration of treatment is chosen based on a number of factors, including the age of the patient and the symptoms. Should you or someone in your family be diagnosed with Lyme disease, your doctor can help direct you to appropriate care.

Read the full article at Dailyvoice.com.