The Lyme Center of New England was created to diagnose and treat patients with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. We manage and treat chronic lyme disease, newly diagnosed lyme patients, patients with a known diagnosis who continue to have symptoms, and patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as lupus, ALS, MS, or fibromyalgia displaying atypical symptoms.
We offer a caring, supportive environment with professionals who have significant experience providing care to patients with Lyme and other related diseases. The practice is open to all ages from pediatric to geriatric.
Lyme Disease Facts
- Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis based on a patient’s symptoms, history, and examination
- Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.
- The bacteria can persist long after treatment.
- The bacteria are able to hide in the central nervous system, eyes, and other difficult to infiltrate sites.
- It is possible to contact more than one tick borne illness from the same tick.
- The longer a tick is attached, the greater likelihood of transmission of disease.
- Lyme symptoms can develop days, weeks, or months after a tick bite.
- An erythema migrans(EM) rash in an endemic area is diagnostic of Lyme disease.
- CDC criteria are for surveillance purposes, not to diagnose Lyme disease.
- Lyme patients often get worse before getting better while on treatment.(Jarisch-Hexheimer reaction)
- Lyme disease can cause death occasionally and the bacteria can cross the placenta into the fetus.