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would like to welcome
Dr Iris Miller
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the #1 Pediatric Practice in Framingham
(5th year in a row)
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FOR SOME TIPS ABOUT TICKS
AND LYME DISEASE:
- We see lots of Lyme Disease in our area, and the ticks are no longer just in or near the woods.
- The best way to avoid Lyme Disease is to avoid tick bites by using DEET-containing insect repellent and covering skin with clothing.
- Very good research shows that ticks can only transmit Lyme Disease if they are attached to the skin for over 36-48 hours.
- Therefore it is very important to check for ticks every night to ensure that any ticks found have not been present for long enough to transmit disease.
- Remember that the ticks are tiny, and they love to be in warm, hard-to-find places on the body like the armpit, the groin, in and around the ear, and the back of the neck.
- The best way to remove a tick is to get a firm grasp with a good pair of tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and pull firmly. If you see a lot of ticks in your family, it might be worth investing in a great pair of tweezers.
- It is OK if you don’t remove all of the tick. A small part often remains embedded in the skin. It is not worth the effort to try to remove it. It will work its way out like a small splinter. Keep the area clean and apply antibiotic ointment for a few days.
- If you are confident the tick has not been present for over 36 hours, there is no reason to worry about Lyme Disease from this tick bite.
- There is no benefit to testing the tick for the presence of the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
- Blood tests for Lyme Disease are not helpful in most cases, and are often not reliable. They are only used for very specific symptoms of joint swelling or neurologic problems possibly resulting from Lyme Disease. They are not used after tick bites or for rashes.
- There is no indication at all for preventative antibiotics after a tick bite in children under 8 years old, as the only medication used for this purpose is not approved for children in this age group.
- Preventative antibiotics for children 8 and over is very rarely indicated as the benefit in most cases is very small.
- Lyme Disease is very easily treated in almost all cases. The overwhelming majority of stories told about people with long-term symptoms of Lyme Disease or of “chronic Lyme Disease” are actually caused by other entities entirely and not related to Lyme Disease or tick bites.
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Welcome to Framingham Pediatrics, your experienced and caring pediatricians in Framingham!
If you're looking for accessible pediatric care, a child–friendly environment, and a responsive team of pediatricians in Framingham, then look no further. We love kids, and our goal is to have a positive impact in the lives of children by providing exceptional health care and compassionate service to the families we serve.
At Framingham Pediatrics, we offer a full range of pediatric care including prenatal visits for expecting parents, well–child check–ups, immunizations and sick appointments. Our caring team is committed to providing quality service in a comfortable, safe office setting where children and parents can feel at ease. We also set aside time to equip parents with the tools and resources necessary for the development of healthy children from birth to adolescence.
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125 Newbury Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 879-5764
Referral Line: (508) 879-1226
Fax: (508) 820-0864
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