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Lyme disease: advice for nurses on symptoms and treatment

The condition is spread via tick bites, but can be difficult to diagnose. Find out about symptoms, including the ‘bullseye rash’, and advising patients on prevention

The condition is spread via tick bites, but can be difficult to diagnose. Find out about common symptoms, including erythema migrans – the bullseye rash – and advising patients in prevention

  • About 3,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed each year in the UK, although experts suspect there are far more and numbers are going up
  • The disease's impact can vary from mild flu-like symptoms to severe rheumatological, neurological and cardiac problems
  • As symptoms can be vague or even misdiagnosed, thorough history taking is vital, experts say. Find out what to look for and how to help your patients

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