Lyme Disease in MN
For the week of May 21, 2017
May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. Dr. Elizabeth Maloney discusses the symptoms and dangers of Lyme disease and how best to prevent infection.
Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Maloney, Family Practice Physician and the President of the Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education
Part 1 Symptoms of Lyme disease begin anywhere from two to 30 days but can also take more than a year to show up in patients. Common symptoms include a circular rash, fatigue, fever, headache, chills and joint pain. In Minnesota, there were 1,806 new cases of Lyme disease in 2015 and over the past decade, the number of cases has increased by over 142 percent. Dr. Maloney suggests if you are going into areas where ticks are prevalent—wooded areas with tall grass and places where deer are found—she suggests using insecticides and repellents and wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
Part 2 Lyme disease can be complicated to identify and treat. The symptoms are non-specific and similar to other illnesses and blood testing for Lyme disease still misses many patients. Dr. Maloney hopes more awareness of Lyme disease will help both doctors and patients be able to diagnose the disease as early as possible.
More information on Lyme disease and Dr. Maloney’s research can be found at: www.partnershipfortick-bornediseaseseducation.org/