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Apr 30, 2015 5:59 PM

Seacoast doctors say lyme disease from deer ticks increasing in NH


PORTSMOUTH - As the warmer weather approaches, entomologists warn we could have one of the worst seasons ever for deer ticks.

This has prompted doctors in the northeast to issue a Lyme disease alert and to urge people with symptoms to get tested.

Joe Guyton, a financial planner and bicyclist, started feeling pain and soreness in his leg muscles. After taking a break from biking he symptoms were not going away so Guyton went to several doctors looking for an answer.

Guyton went to North Coast Family Health where doctors diagnosed him with chronic Lyme disease.

Professionals within the established medical community say chronic Lyme disease is not supported by any scientific evidence. However, naturopathic doctors say the condition is real but not easily detected in most lab tests.

Naturopath Doctor Christine Fassler said, "Unfortunately, I know of at least 5 people diagnosed with Lyme and committed suicide."

This winter's heavy snowfall is a concern because under snow ticks not only survive but multiply.

As the Lyme disease epidemic is spreading it is becoming more concentrated and severe.

Antibiotics like Doxycyclin are prescribed to treat Lyme disease.

The Granite State is an epicenter for Lyme disease due to its weather and geography.

This spring, doctors are urging residents to be extra vigilant of deer ticks.


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