Print Issue: February 01, 2011

A dog can get a Lyme disease immunization; why can’t I?

Why is there a canine Lyme disease immunization but nothing for humans?—JUANITA A. CARNES, FNP-BC, Westfield, Mass. A Lyme disease vaccine (LYMErix) was developed in the early 1990s and received FDA approval in 1998. The vaccine was recommended for anyone who lived, worked, or recreated in high-risk areas. Three doses were administered over one year…

Blisters on swollen ankles

A black woman aged 52 years developed large (1.5-2.0 cm wide), fluid-filled blisters on her swollen ankles. There were no other symptoms, and the patient’s health history was unremarkable except for anemia. What could be the cause?

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