Lyme Disease Association of Australia

Lyme Disease Myths


Introduction

There are a variety of myths in circulation regarding Lyme disease in Australia. Below is a list of the most common myths along with an explanation to assist in dispelling such.

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Dispelling myths
There is no Lyme disease in Australia - FALSE
Putting Methylated Spirits, Vaseline or Ether on a tick will help remove it - FALSE
The tick that causes Lyme disease is not in Australia - FALSE

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Lyme disease cannot be transmitted from one person to another - FALSE
Lyme disease testing is 100% reliable - FALSE
Two tier testing of Lyme disease is accurate - FALSE

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If you have a negative Lyme disease blood test, you don't have Lyme disease - FALSE
Lyme disease is rare in Australia - FALSE
A one off dose of Doxycycline after a tick bite can prevent you contracting Lyme disease - FALSE

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Everyone gets the Lyme disease rash - FALSE
If you didn't get bitten by a tick you can't have Lyme disease - FALSE
If you remove a tick within 36 hours it cannot give you Lyme disease - FALSE

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If you have Lyme disease, you just need 1 month of antibiotics and it is cured - after that it is Post Lyme Syndrome - FALSE
There is only 1 type of Lyme disease - FALSE
The only symptoms you get with Lyme disease is arthritis - FALSE

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Lyme disease only gives physical symptoms- FALSE
Lyme disease isn't that serious - FALSE
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's definition of Lyme disease misses a lot of Lyme disease patients- TRUE

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