After treatment, an individual will often continue to suffer from painful symptoms for months or even years. This is called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) and there is no treatment. The earlier someone is diagnosed with Lyme disease, the less intense their symptoms are and the more effective their treatment will be.
Anyone can get Lyme disease, so it is important to know how to stay safe. The best way to avoid contacting Lyme disease is through prevention. When going into areas that may contain ticks, such as wooded or grassy habitats, one can use a repellent that contains DEET or permethrin. These have been found to provide protection against ticks. Permethrin products should go on clothes and not skin. Another safety measure is to wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. This way ticks do not have the opportunity to reach your skin. Once a trip into such habitats is finished, individuals should check their bodies for ticks and remove them if found. The effects of Lyme disease are agonizing and ongoing, so preventing the disease before contraction is the best way to keep you and the ones you love safe.
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