VALHALLA, NY – The unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day and summer means Lyme disease season is at its peak. New York Medical College in Westchester has announced the opening of its Lyme disease diagnostic center in Hawthorne.
The center will open on June 3 and will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. until August 29.
It is located at 19 Bradhurst Ave in Hawthorne.
Founded in 1989 and led by Gary P. Wormser, MD, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology, and vice president of medicine and research and development at NYMC, the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center is made up of doctors and nurses with experience in infectious diseases. with particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of people with tick bites, early / acute Lyme disease, anaplasmosis (Ehrlichiosis), babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi infections and Powassan virus infections .
Wormser said Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the country and, if not treated properly, can lead to arthritis and other serious complications.
“Preventive measures, such as wearing long pants when walking in wooded areas, spraying an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin, and thorough monitoring of yourself, children and pets, are still your best lines of defense against infection, ”he said.
“But, if you have a tick bite, it’s important to safely remove it with tweezers, save the tick, and see a doctor,” Wormser said.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Infected ticks are found throughout the Lower Hudson Valley in New York City. If left untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics at the early stage of infection usually recover quickly and completely. The first symptoms of Lyme disease can be mild and easily overlooked.
The first symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
- a circular rash that is at least 2 inches wide – which may or may not look like bull’s eye – that usually occurs at the site of the tick bite
- fever / chills
- pain in the joints or muscles
- paralysis of facial muscles
- several rashes
If you experience any of these symptoms or would like to learn more about the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center, please visit www.nymc.edu/LDDC or call 914-493-TICK. The Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center is open to patients 18 years of age and older who are either seriously ill or recently bitten by a tick. Most insurances are accepted. Children under the age of 18 can be evaluated by the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at New York Medical College by calling 914-493-8333.
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