What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an insect-borne illness transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also called the deer tick). Roughly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. However, the actual number of infections could be much higher.

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Why Is It So Hard to Get a Lyme Disease Diagnosis?

Avril Lavigne opened up again this week about her struggle with Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness she says left her bedridden for months and desperate for answers. Why did it take so long for her to get answers?
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8 Celebrities Who've Struggled With Lyme Disease

These celebrities have been vocal about their Lyme disease symptoms, treatment, and more
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Is Lyme Disease Curable?

The tick-borne illness can be treated with antibiotics, and most people make a full recovery within weeks or months. So why is there so much confusion?
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When This Woman Went to Her Doctor With Lyme Disease Symptoms, She Was Told She Should “Try Meditation”

At a specialist's office, Katie Wood, 37, explained she felt very unwell and believed it was related to a tick bite months earlier. "He looked me up and down and replied, 'You don’t look unwell,'" she recalls.
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The New York Times Ran an Article Saying Lyme Disease Is No Big Deal—and People Are Furious

The writer called Lyme disease an “easily treated infection,” but many patients strongly disagree.