Healthy Options 6/5/19: Ticks, Lyme & Other Tick Diseases

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Ticks, Lyme & other tick diseases: The challenges of diagnosing & treating tick-borne illness, with a discussion of resources & support offered through Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education

Key Discussion Points:
a) What are the challenges in diagnosing tick-borne illnesses?
b) Is a negative result on a Lyme test, proof that you do not have a tick-borne illness? How accurate are tests for Lyme disease? What about testing for co-infections?
c) How can we prevent tick bites?
d) What are some of the signs and symptoms of undiagnosed & untreated tick-borne illness?
e) What other illnesses besides Lyme Disease, can be transmitted by ticks, even in the same bite?
f) Why might Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses be diagnosed incorrectly as other disease or conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or even dismissed as psychological distress?
g) What is a “Lyme-literate” physician?
h) How does Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education assist those who need information and/or who have tick-borne illness?

Paula Jackson Jones, president & co-founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE)

Other Websites of interest:
Tick removal, tick testing & tick types in Maine
International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

May 1st, 2019 Healthy Options Program with Lyme Disease expert Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, about ticks, Lyme disease and tick-borne illness,
Other Healthy Options shows on ticks and tick-borne disease,