Lyme disease spreads through the bite of infected ticks. This happens to about 300,000 people in the U.S. every year.1 Follow these tips to avoid tick bites: Know whether outdoor areas you frequent might be home to ticks. Ticks often live on animals or in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. When you go outside, cover your body as much as possible. Wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants tucked into your socks. Use bug repellent. Check your pets for ticks before they come inside. More information about preventing Lyme disease is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Know the symptoms. Lyme disease symptoms develop quickly and can be painful. If you get a tick bite, let your doctor know right away. The primary symptom is a circular red rash that spreads from the bite. This rash will grow and move to other parts of your body over time — unlike some rashes that come and go. You might also experience headaches, swollen lymph nodes, sore muscles, and fever. Addressing symptoms with your doctor is important. As the condition worsens, you might face secondary symptoms like joint swelling; tingling in the hands, feet, and back; weakness in the face; and lack of energy and focus. Acute treatment — short-term care that deals with an episode of illness — fails in up to half of Lyme disease patients.2 Work together on a path to healing. Once you’ve been diagnosed, we’ll evaluate your situation and work with you to develop an ongoing treatment plan. Your therapy might include stimulating cell healing or growth. We might also help your immune system fight pathogens and reduce inflammation. Together, we’ll work to relieve your symptoms and get you back to good health. 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Lyme Disease Data and Surveillance,” cdc.gov/lyme/datasurveillance/index.html. 2. Lorraine Johnson and Raphael Stricker, “Treatment of Lyme Disease: A Medicolegal Assessment,” Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, 2004, journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0116767.