Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders


Keep your family safe from tick-borne infections

With millions around the world infected-and millions more at risk-Lyme and other tick-related disorders are today's fastest-growing infectious diseases. And while there has been much progress in combating these illnesses, we are a long way from eliminating them. Early treatment is crucial-and there's no better way to get informed and be prepared to deal with these diseases than to read this book.

This comprehensive guide tells you everything you need to know to protect yourself and your family from the pain of Lyme, including vital information about the new Lyme disease vaccines. Written by Lyme disease pioneer Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner-cofounder of the Lyme Disease Foundation and a Lyme sufferer herself-this updated and expanded edition provides the latest on the multiple diseases that can be transmitted in a single tick bite and the symptoms that indicate you've been infected. In easy-to-understand language, the author discusses the often controversial issues of diagnosis and treatment of Lyme while reviewing the other tick-borne diseases in North America, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, the emerging ehrlichioses, and some that are considered potential biowarfare agents. She offers expert advice on:

• Protecting yourself from disease-carrying ticks-and what to do if you find one on your skin

• Obtaining the best medical treatment

• Accessing online information on vaccines, repellents, and the latest research

• Finding self-help and support organizations, state medical complaint boards, products, and related services

• Starting a school or business prevention program


Since ancient times, ticks have been considered “disgusting parasitic animals,” associated with a wide variety of terrestrial and flying vertebrates and even with a few marine snakes and lizards. In temperate zones and tropical countries, ticks surpass all other arthropods in the number and variety of disease agents they transmit to humans and their domestic animals. While some species are host-specific and rarely feed on humans, others will attack and feed on any blood source including humans that enter their biotopes.

Because of the already small sizes of ticks, paricularly of the larval and nymphal stages, and also because of the painless attachment and feeding, ticks often go unnoticed until they have dropped, leaving an itching and more or less severe inflammation at the site of the bite. Undoubtedly hundreds of Lyme disease patients were or still are unaware of having been bitten by the small “freckle with legs,” that is, the nymphal deer tick.

Well, Karen Forschner was one such patient. After clearing brush with her husband, Tom, she came down with symptoms suggesting Lyme disease. She had never heard of this illness and its association with ticks crawling in her backyard and on her cats and dogs. The illness, unfortunately, remained undiagnosed through Karen’s pregnancy and affected her son, Jamie, who became ill the second day of his life.

Suffering daily vomiting, eye tremors, and paralysis, Jamie was seen by dozens of physicians who subjected him to brain scans, dyes, probes, muscle biopsies, operations, and hospitals without leading to a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

It was then that Karen, determined to find the answers for Jamie’s problems, began consulting the medical literature on Lyme disease. She found sufficient similarities to suggest that her son did inherit her illness—an assumption that eventually was confirmed by laboratory tests in 1987.

The more Karen read about Lyme disease, the more she became frustrated by the medical services and the limited information about a disease that infects large segments of the American people, especially in the northeastern and midwestern states. Thus, in January 1988, with the help of her husband, Tom, and her parents, and supported by a board of directors with experts from the medical, scientific, and public advocacy communities, she started the Lyme Borreliosis Foundation—a nonprofit organization devoted to prevention, education, and treatment of Lyme disease.

As president of the foundation, Karen has been the driving force in pro-

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