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

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 16, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
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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
 

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There's no doubt that, as bugs go, ticks are especially yucky. They have an appetite for human blood and carry diseases that range from irritating to life-threatening. This book is a comprehensive ... Read full review

Contents

1 A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT EMERGES
1
2 UNDERSTANDING TICKS AND THE INFECTIONS THEY SPREAD
18
3 THE HISTORY OF LYME DISEASE
37
4 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
47
5 THE QUEST FOR A DIAGNOSIS
65
6 THE TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE
80
7 OTHER TICKBORNE DISORDERS
104
8 HOW TO REMOVE A TICK
133
9 PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
141
10 MANAGING YOUR PROPERTY
156
11 THE PROMISE OF VACCINES
166
12 THE RISKS TO YOUR ANIMALS
174
APPENDICES
187
Bibliography
237
Index
261
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KAREN VANDERHOOF-FORSCHNER, BS, MBA, CPCU, CLU, is the Chair of the board of directors of the Lyme Disease Foundation. She has appeared on television numerous times and has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek, among other prominent publications. She has received many awards for her activities. Also she was an associate on the Council of Public Representatives for the National Institute of Health.

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