Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will"

Mahatma Gandhi

About Us

Arizona Lyme Disease Association was founded in 1992.....​

Support Meetings
AZLDA meets on the first Saturday of the month in the Pyle Adult Recreation Center located at 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

We try to make each meeting educational and most meetings will feature a guest speaker who will share treatement or experience related to Lyme Disease. Please visit our   Events  page for information on our upcomming meetings.

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Lyme Disease Basics
  • Bartonella is the most common tick-borne disease in the US and Europe,  followed by Lyme disease.
  • Lyme is the fastest growing infectious disease in the US.
  • It is named after the town Old Lyme, Connecticut and was discovered in 1982..
  • Is caused by a bacterial infection that is a spirochete.
  • The bacterium is called Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato.
  • It is most often acquired from the bite of an infected Ixodes tick.
  • Early symptoms: Erythema Migrans (EM) rash or a bulls eye rash, fever, malaise, fatigue, head ache, muscle and joint aches in large joints, sore throat and sinus infection.
  • May be misdiagnosed as many other diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, CFS, FMS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other neurological diseases.
  • Difficult to diagnose
  • Testing is not reliable
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Two standards of care: ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America. As of Summer of 2008, the ISDA (which states that chronic Lyme doesn't exist)  guidelines have been discredited. 
  • Prevention includes avoiding known tick infested areas, mosquito-tick repellant, completely covering with clothing and checking entire body including hair when home.
  • Learn proper tick removal, especially do not squeez the tick during removal