Tick-Borne Illness Center looks to provide “hope and healing” for Lyme disease patients
WOODRUFF, Wis. — Across Wisconsin, as spring blooms are starting to emerge from the soil, a tiny threat is also popping out of the ground: Ticks, and the disease-inducing bacteria they carry.
“Most people are aware of Lyme disease,” said nurse practitioner Ashley Johnson, who focuses on treating tick-borne disease. “I’m not sure that everyone is aware of how serious it can be if it’s undertreated or left untreated.”
What You Need To Know
- Rates of Lyme disease have risen in recent decades, but getting treatment can be a challenge
- The Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Woodruff provides treatment for patients with new or chronic symptoms
- The debate over chronic Lyme disease is still controversial, which providers say can be frustrating for patients
- Precautions like covering up and checking for ticks every day can help you stay safe during tick season
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New York’s Upstate Tick Testing Program tracks alarming trend
Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, has a year-round tick testing program.
In the following report from WSYR-TV, Dr. Saravanan Thangamani discusses the rise in tick numbers throughout the state–as well as the increased number of different infections carried by ticks.
2 Minute news video & story here: https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/living-with-lyme-upstate-tick-testing-program-tracks-alarming-trend/
- Ticks on the beach: https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/news/20210507/ticks-surprise-us-2021-may-be-big-lyme-disease-year
- Minnesota Lyme Association warns, “If you have the bullseye rash, you have Lyme. It’s not prudent to wait on a test. If done too early, the result will be negative anyway.” (Please remember many never get or see a rash – but it IS diagnostic. Do not let a doctor turn you away if you have the rash). I would demand prophylactic treatment of EACH and EVERY tick bite.