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About Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and the less common Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans by a bite from a black-legged tick, also known as the “deer tick”, which usually lives in long grass or heavily wooded areas. Deer ticks are commonly found in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the US.

According to the CDC, deer ticks must be attached to a person for 36-48 hours or more before the infecting bacteria can be transmitted. However, most deer tick bites come from immature or “nymph” ticks, which may be as small as a speck of dust. The CDC estimates that there are nearly 300,000 cases of Lyme disease reported every year, however, because many instances of Lyme disease go unreported, the CDC estimates that closer to 476,000 people contract Lyme disease every year.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

The symptoms of Lyme disease develop in stages. One of the first signs of Lyme disease is a red, expanding bulls-eye-shaped rash known as erythema migrans. This rash rarely itches or hurts, but it will grow over the course of several weeks. In some cases, the rash may expand to nearly 12 inches in diameter.

Symptoms that begin to develop with the onset of Lyme disease include:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph glands

As the disease progresses, or if the infection goes untreated, more serious symptoms may develop.

These symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • A recurring rash
  • Inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
  • Numbness (neuropathy)
  • Irregular heart rhythms

If you have been bitten by a tick and are beginning to notice symptoms of Lyme disease, talk to your doctor right away. Most cases of Lyme disease can be effectively treated with medication. The earlier the treatment starts, the more effective it is.

Lyme Disease Risk Factors

Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a deer tick. That means you are at greater risk if you live in a hostipitable environment for these insects. Your risk of contracting Lyme disease is increased if you:

  • Live in the upper midwest, northeastern, or mid-Atlantic regions of the United States
  • Spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in spring or summer months
  • Spend time in wooded or grassy areas

Lyme Disease Prevention

Lyme disease can be prevented with a few safety measures.

Prevention methods include:

  • Avoiding wooded areas or areas with tall grass
  • Walking in the center of nature trails to avoid contact with brush
  • Wearing light colored clothing when going outdoors (so it's easier to spot a tick)
  • Wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants when going outdoors
  • Applying insect repellant with DEET
  • Spraying all clothing, shoes, tents and outdoors gear with an insect repellant that contains 0.5% permethrin
  • Checking regularly for ticks
Treatment Options

Most cases of Lyme disease are effectively treated with prescription antibiotic medication. Take a look below to learn more about antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease. During your appointment, talk to your doctor about whether or not this is the right treatment plan for you.

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Frequently asked questions about Lyme disease treatment on Sesame

When diagnosing Lyme disease, health care providers will examine the patient for signs and symptoms of the condition and whether or not the patient may have been exposed to black-legged ticks. If you are seeing a doctor about Lyme disease, you should inform them whether or not you have been outdoors in an area that could put you at risk for a tick bite. If a health care provider is unable to offer a diagnosis based on these conditions, a blood test may be required.

These tests check the blood for antibodies that are produced to fight an infection. Because it may take several weeks for these antibodies to develop, a false-negative result is possible if the test occurs shortly after the tick bite. Your health care provider may ask for you to undergo a follow-up test to definitively diagnose Lyme disease.

Sesame offers convenient and affordable online doctor visits with licensed health providers across the country. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, book a video visit with a health care provider to discuss your condition and possible treatment options.

Online doctor visits can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home. During your visit, you will be asked about your symptoms and health history. You may be asked to undergo lab testing for a definitive diagnosis. If testing is required, Sesame will reach out to you about how to schedule this test.

If your doctor determines that you have Lyme disease, they will discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include prescription medication. If appropriate, your doctor can prescribe medication through Sesame. Depending on the medication, you can have your prescription delivered to your home or ready for same-day pickup at a pharmacy of your choice. Book a visit today to get started on treatment right away.

Yes! Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill a prescription from the comfort of your own home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe antibiotic drugs that help treat Lyme disease.

Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Book a video visit on based on the health care you need, and pick up a new prescription or existing prescription refill at a pharmacy of your choice. Browse services on Sesame, set up an appointment with a real doctor at your convenience, and get the care you need.

Booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse online is typically the fastest way to get a prescription! Sesame offers same-day online doctor prescription and prescription refill appointments with board-certified healthcare professionals. If deemed clinically necessary, Sesame providers can provide prescriptions and prescription refills for most non-controlled substances. They can also provide you with a doctor’s note if necessary.

Most online prescription and prescription refill appointments take around 15 minutes, and providers are able to send a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice right after your appointment.

Sesame makes it easier than ever to find and pay doctors online directly - allowing you to book an in-person or telehealth appointment in less than two minutes. To get care today, follow these easy steps:

  • Search for telehealth or in-person appointments by specialty, condition, or provider
  • Choose a provider at a price and time that work for you.
  • Pay for your appointment online, up front.
  • Before your appointment begins, complete a brief medical history form.
  • If you’re seeing a doctor online, click the link sent to your email to join a secure online telehealth appointment. If you’re seeing a doctor in person, go to their office at the time of your appointment.
  • If you are prescribed medication and choose medication delivery, it is usually delivered to your home within 2-3 business days. Otherwise, you can select a local pharmacy often with same-day pick-up. Providers on Sesame can prescribe anything deemed medically appropriate, except for the limited set of controlled substances (as defined under the Controlled Substances Act).

Providers on Sesame are incredibly affordable and often less expensive than your copay. The services listed are out-of-network with insurance companies for appointments, but depending on your coverage, your insurance may reimburse you for money spent on healthcare from a provider not normally covered in your insurance network. Sesame provides you with a bill to submit to your insurance for your appointments.

If you have medication prescribed to a local pharmacy, you can use your insurance to pay for medication, and you will only owe your copay or deductible costs for that medication.

We also accept HSA and FSA payments for appointments and medication.

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