Lyme disease is a serious infection that’s spread to humans by tick bites. It has some symptoms that are similar to ME/CFS.
There is also concern about the way in which some private tests fail to provide accurate diagnoses. This can lead to unnecessary prescription of powerful antibiotics.
Under-training in the illness during medical education can lead to the wrong diagnosis being made.
In this leaflet, our medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd discusses what you need to know about Lyme.
He explains how it’s tested, its symptoms and signs, how best to remove ticks hidden in the skin, and how Lyme can become horribly chronic if not treated early enough.