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Facebook Photo Spurs Mom to Seek Lyme Disease Treatment for Son

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The Short of It

Karen McGregor read a Facebook post about Lyme disease just days before her son got the telltale red bull's-eye style rash. Remembering the social media post prompted her to seek medical attention immediately, and now she's sharing her story to help other parents and kids.

The Lowdown

Last month, Karen McGregor noticed red blotches on her 1-year-old son's face, legs and arms. But the rash didn't look like a regular irritation. The spots were bull's-eye shaped with red centers—and they were multiplying.

The mom recognized the distinct markings from a Facebook post about Lyme disease that she had seen just days earlier, and she called her doctor as soon as the clinic opened.

"Two doctors looked at him and confirmed that it is indeed Lyme disease. The stage of rash indicates it must have been from a tick bite he would have received 3-4 weeks ago (we never even saw a tick...)," McGregor wrote on Facebook.

The child was given the usual remedy for Lyme disease—prescription antibiotics to cure the early stages of the infection.

McGregor has shared photos of her child online to help educate other parents about this difficult to diagnose medical condition.

"I encourage everyone to watch for these spots!!" she wrote on Facebook. "They look just like a bull's-eye, and had it not been for the post I read, I never would have known it was something more than a simple rash caused by being [in] the long grass! Take a picture with your phone if you see one of these spots on yourself or your family—you might need it to show a doctor down the road what you saw."

The Upshot

Outdoor playtime is one of the joys of summer, but it can also be a scary time for mothers of young children that like to sit and crawl in the grass. If you notice a rash of any type on your child, take pictures and keep an eye on the situation. If the lesions appear puffy with a bull's-eye shape, your child may have been bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease. Call your pediatrician immediately for a diagnosis and treatment.

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