May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Let's take the fierce support and strength of our community to spread Lyme disease awareness throughout the month of May. Have you heard about our #LymeFacts campaign?  Click below to learn more!

  • What is Lyme Disease
  • Prevention
  • Stages
  • Find a LLMD

Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. These bacteria are carried by the blacklegged (deer) tick. When an infected tick bites you, it can transfer bacteria under the skin, leading to infection. If diagnosed and treated early, many patients recover. However, if not diagnosed or treated early, Lyme can develop into a chronic illness.

Learn about Lyme disease.

Tick bite prevention is critical. Ticks are more active than ever before, and in more areas than ever before. Practicing good tick bite prevention habits is the best way to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Good habits range from what clothing you wear, where you walk, and how often you check for ticks.

Learn how to Be Tick AWARE

Do you know the stages and symptoms of Lyme disease? A bulls-eye rash is usually considered one of the first signs of infection, but many people develop a different kind of rash or none at all. In most cases, Lyme symptoms can start with a flu-like illness. If untreated, the symptoms can continue to worsen and turn into a long-lived debilitating illness.

Learn about the stages and symptoms

Diagnosing Lyme disease can often be complex, given the severe limitations of current diagnostic testing. Diagnosis for many patients is based on a combination of clinical evaluation from a trained healthcare provider or Lyme-literate MD (LLMD) and diagnostic testing. Early and accurate diagnosis is essential in treating Lyme.

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Our Research/Research Blogs

The Research

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is dedicated to accelerating the development of more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The urgency of our research mission is greater than ever before.

Dendritic Cells: A Possible Pathway to Lyme Autoimmunity?

How dendritic cells may be involved in setting up the immune system’s response to B. burgdorferi remains a mystery, but one that’s beginning to crack thanks to diligent research.

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Our Process

GLA’s world-class Scientific Advisory Board awards research grants following guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funds raised support researchers at accredited universities conducting evidence-based research. Learn about our funded research.

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An Innovative Approach To Understanding Pediatric Lyme Disease

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) funded the Pedi Lyme Net led by Dr. Lise Nigrovic of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Pedi Lyme Net is a network of seven children’s hospital emergency departments in five Lyme-endemic states.

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Living with these multiple diseases has quite literally stolen my life.”

- Philanthropist and animal rights activist Marisol Thomas

We are the Global Lyme Alliance. We are dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education, awareness, and patient services.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life for individuals who suffer from Lyme and work to prevent future generations from contracting a tick-borne illness.

Learn more about GLA and our important work