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Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease

Kristopher Paolino, MDTreatment for Lyme disease is most effective when it begins soon after transmission, says Kristopher Paolino, MD, an infectious disease expert at Upstate. He advises people to remove the tick and bring it with them to the doctor's office for identification. Deer ticks can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Paolino goes over the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and explains that antibiotics are the common treatment. He also tells about complications of Lyme and the lingering effects that up to 20 percent of patients deal with. Paolino is also the director of clinical research at Upstate's Center for Global Health and Translational Science.