Lyme disease has become a prevalent health concern in the northeastern United States, with cases being the highest in Pennsylvania. Anabaptist HealthShare has had many healthcare sharing ministry members who have suffered from Lyme disease. Anabaptist HealthShare desires to raise awareness for members in this area, and to help members live and thrive. In this blog post, we will delve into symptoms, risks, and prevention strategies associated with Lyme disease.


Understanding Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks, especially the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick), carry and transmit this bacterium to humans through their bites. In the Anabaptist population center of Pennsylvania, Lyme disease infections are particularly high, with the state ranking number one in reported cases in the United States.


Symptoms and Risks:

Early detection of Lyme disease is crucial for effective treatment. However, the symptoms can often be mistaken for other illnesses, leading to delayed diagnosis. Common symptoms include a bull’s-eye rash, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, joint pain, and headaches. If left untreated, Lyme disease can progress to more severe symptoms, such as neurological complications and joint inflammation.


Healthcare Sharing and Education:

Anabaptist HealthShare cares about every member, and wants to see every member receive the education needed to make good healthcare choices. As members are proactive in handling Lyme disease, long-term health effects can be mitigated or avoided.


Prevention Strategies:

Preventing Lyme disease starts with being vigilant and adopting effective preventive measures. Here are some key strategies to consider:

  1. Tick Awareness: Familiarize yourself with the habitats and life cycles of ticks, especially the black-legged tick, which is known to transmit Lyme disease. Be cautious when spending time in wooded or grassy areas where ticks thrive.
  2. Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes when venturing into tick-prone areas. Tucking your pants into your socks or boots and using insect repellents can further reduce the risk of tick bites.
  3. Conduct Regular Tick Checks: After spending time outdoors, thoroughly check your body for ticks, paying close attention to hidden areas like the scalp, armpits, and groin. Carefully remove any attached ticks with tweezers, ensuring you grasp the tick close to the skin and pull gently but firmly upward. The risk of Lyme infection is significantly reduced if the tick is spotted and removed quickly.
  4. Landscaping Practices: Removing leaf piles, brush piles, and mulch piles can reduce the number of ticks in your yard. Keeping grass trimmed is also helpful.


Anabaptist HealthShare desires to see every member and their families avoid the scourge of Lyme disease. We hope this health tip helps raise tick bite awareness, increases preventive measures, and encourages regular tick checks. Anabaptist HealthShare not only cares about your healthcare needs, but also about your physical wellbeing. Anabaptist HealthShare wants to come alongside you and help you with your medical bills, but an even better outcome is to avoid becoming infected with Lyme disease at all.


Stay informed, stay proactive, and together, we can combat Lyme disease.


Tip: there are testing centers in Pennsylvania where you can mail a tick to get it tested for Lyme, at a reasonable price. Saving the tick for testing and mailing it to one of these locations may help you catch Lyme disease early. Being bitten by a tick with Lyme does not necessarily mean that it infected you, but it is certainly a warning indicator.

More information on tick testing can be found at: or 1-866-713-8425.

Anabaptist HealthShare is submitting this information for the numerous Members potentially affected by Lyme. Again, early detection and treatment is key to minimizing negative effects of Lyme.