Our Lyme Disease expert, Fred Silverblatt, MD treats adults year-round who have experienced Lyme disease symptoms and for whom treatment has not been successful. His care includes diagnosis and treatment of babesiosis, ehrilichiosis, and other tick-borne diseases. To be seen by Dr. Silverblatt, you must have a referral from a doctor.
Not everyone diagnosed with Lyme disease has the telltale bull's-eye rash. Symptoms can mimic those of the flu and include fatigue, headache, stiff neck, fever, chills, body aches and joint pain. If you believe you may have Lyme disease, it is important that you consult with your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. There are about 20,000 new cases reported yearly. Most of the reported cases of Lyme disease in Rhode Island are from South County.
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria, whose host is the deer tick. These ticks live in areas with tall grasses or thick brush such as trails, forests, edges of yards, and around stone walls.
The months of June to September carry the highest risk of acquiring Lyme disease, although you can get it in the early spring and late fall as well. There is no vaccine but, fortunately, Lyme disease can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
Prevention is the key to avoiding Lyme disease. Observe these simple guidelines:
Wear clothing that's pre-treated with Permethrin or buy the repellent and spray it on your clothing. Spray shoes and socks, especially since studies show that you're 70 times less likely to be bitten by a tick if you do. Ticks latch on to the lower part of the leg and climb upward before biting.
Spray insecticide to the perimeter of your yard, namely shady areas and perennial beds. No treatment is needed for open, sunny, grassy areas.
Pets should be groomed after going outside to remove ticks and treated with tick prevention products.
Know that deer ticks are much smaller than common dog ticks. They are about the size of a poppy seed.
For detailed information, go to http://www.tickencounter.org/.
You can find additional Information on Lyme Disease here:
To have a tick tested: Go to http://www.imugen.com/ for details.
Your pediatrician or family practitioner can provide you with information about pediatric Lyme disease clinics in Rhode Island for children under 18 years of age. Hasbro Children's Hospital has a pediatric Lyme disease clinic. Your child's physician should call 401 444-8360, to schedule an appointment.