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Is Lyme disease serious?

Peter DeLucia
Health Education
Lyme disease can be very serious if left untreated; there are several warning signs and symptoms to be aware of if you recently removed a tick from your body. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, explains what to look for. 

Lyme disease is serious. It can lead to permanent and significant problems. Left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to cardiac and nervous system problems. Thinking abilities such as memory and concentration may be affected. Furthermore, arthritis can develop, causing pain and swelling in the joints. Nerve damage and paralysis of the muscles in the face may also occur.

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