Lyme disease Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by Borrelia bacteria, spread by ticks The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful MANAGING LYME DISEASE lymenet MANAGING LYME DISEASE, h edition, October, Page of WELCOME Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the Guidelines Amazingly, this edition is not only the sixteenth in the series, but as the first edition appeared in , this Chronic Lyme disease Chronic Lyme disease not to be confused with Lyme disease is a generally rejected diagnosis that encompasses a broad array of illnesses or symptom complexes for which there is no reproducible or convincing scientific evidence of any relationship to Borrelia burgdorferi infection Despite numerous studies, there is no clinical evidence that chronic Lyme disease is caused by a persistent Lyme Disease Lyme Disease CDC Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings e Lyme Disease Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments RawlsMD How Lyme Disease Infections Work Borrelia can adapt to a variety of natural hosts, and humans are one of the most common.When an invasion of borrelia enters the bloodstream through a tick bite, the immune system immediately recognizes it and responds aggressively. Lyme Disease Tests Lab Tests Online Lyme disease testing is used to determine if a person with characteristic signs and symptoms has been infected by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi or Borrelia mayonii, spread by deer ticks The tests detect antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the infection. Lyme Disease Frequently Asked Questions FAQ Lyme Although no cases of Lyme disease have been linked to blood transfusion, scientists have found that the Lyme disease bacteria can live in blood from a person with an active infection that is stored for donation. Georgia Lyme Disease Association Lyme in the Southeast Lyme Disease in Georgia and the Southeast A Twenty Year Review By Liz Schmitz, Georgia Lyme Disease Association, THE firsT TWENTY YEARS Many people seem to believe that Lyme disease is not a problem in the Southeast. Misdiagnosing Lyme disease Daniel Cameron MD Misdiagnosing Lyme disease The Great Imitator The Borrelia burgdorferi Bb spirochete is an evasive organism which can penetrate virtually any organ or system in the body, including the brain and central nervous system, joints, muscles and heart. Chronic Lyme Disease LymeDisease Many of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease are common in other diseases The CDC surveillance criteria for confirmed cases specifically exclude most of the symptoms that patients report, including fatigue, sleep impairment, joint pain, muscle aches, other pain, depression, cognitive impairment, neuropathy, and headaches.