The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upped national estimates of Lyme disease diagnoses from 30,000 patients a year to 300,000, and Dr. Archelle Georgiou is here to explain the spike.
The tick-borne illness is common in Minnesota, and it's the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. However, given the disease's symptoms, it's commonly misdiagnosed.
-Bulls eye rash (at the bite site or other areas of the body)
-After weeks or months, some experience joint pain, neurological issues including Bell's palsy, muscle issues, paralysis of one side of the face
-Avoid brush if you are not wearing a repellant that's up to 30 percent DEET.
-If you have a bird feeder, keep it away from the house. Seeds attract rodents, which can carry ticks.
-Keep lawns near wooded areas mowed short
-Keep brush away from your home
-Stay to the center of trails when walking in wooded areas