Infographic: Helping your patients learn about Lyme disease

Some 300,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with the bacterial infection, which is spread primarily by ticks. Your messaging can help to educate the public.

The average person sees five doctors over three years before being diagnosed with Lyme disease. There’s frustration as patients with the condition are often misdiagnosed with:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Depression and other psychiatric illnesses

The illness typically worsens as the underlying infection progresses unchecked, says the LymeDisease.org website.

“Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash.

As more people venture outdoors to visit parks, take hikes and enjoy camping, they are increasingly susceptible to ticks that could transmit Lyme disease. Children and older adults are more likely to suffer from the infection.

Include stats from this infographic by Survival Mastery in your messaging to raise awareness about this ailment and how it can be prevented:

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