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Lyme disease – NICE guideline

This National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease. It aims to raise awareness of when Lyme disease should be suspected and ensure that people are given prompt and consistent treatment.

Lyme disease is an infectious disease which can be transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected tick. Prompt antibiotic treatment reduces the risk of further symptoms developing and increases the chance of complete recovery.


This NICE guideline includes recommendations on:

  • being aware of Lyme disease, including where ticks are commonly found and the importance of prompt, correct tick removal
  • symptoms (including Erythema migrans) and history taking
  • which tests to use and when
  • treatment with antibiotics
  • treatment and support for ongoing symptoms
  • managing Lyme disease in pregnant women and their babies
  • information for people with Lyme disease.

You can read the guideline on NICE's website.