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Online resources for Lyme disease

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000559938.27630.7a
Department: INFOBYTES
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PATIENTS, PARENTS, AND healthcare providers can find practical advice and support on these websites.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

In patient-friendly language, the CDC explains how the infection is spread, how to remove a tick, and what to do if symptoms persist after treatment. In a section for healthcare professionals, visitors will find a description of two-tier testing for Lyme disease, a list of tests that are not recommended for diagnosing Lyme disease, and a reference for tick-borne diseases found in the US. The CDC also offers educational materials for patients of all ages, including a Lyme disease prevention comic strip for children.

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International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society

www.ilads.org

The mission of this nonprofit international organization is to educate medical professionals about Lyme disease based on research and education. Besides evidence-based treatment guidelines and recommendations, the website offers a fact sheet on the basics of Lyme disease for healthcare providers and explores the controversies and challenges surrounding Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

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KidsHealth

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/lyme.html

This guide teaches parents to spot signs and symptoms of Lyme disease in their child and educates them about prevention and treatment. A step-by-step guide illustrates how to remove a tick. Special sections offer information tailored to teenagers and younger children.

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LymeDisease.org

www.lymedisease.org

Founded as a grass roots organization in 1989, this advocacy group supports science-based advocacy to empower patients with Lyme disease and facilitate care for those with persistent symptoms. The website also provides Lyme disease information tailored for children and pets as well as an overview of common coinfections such as babesiosis.

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