Lyme Disease vs Lyme’s Disease: Clearing Up the Confusion Once and For All!

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is a widespread disease in the United States and Europe and can cause severe health problems if left untreated. However, there is often confusion about whether the correct term is “Lyme disease” or “Lyme’s disease.” In this blog post, we will explore this topic and provide clarification on the correct terminology.


Firstly, it is important to note that the correct term for the tick-borne illness is “Lyme disease.” The term “Lyme’s disease” is an incorrect usage and a common misconception. The disease was named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first identified in the mid-1970s. The name “Lyme disease” was coined by Dr. Allen Steere, who led the research team that identified the disease.


So why is the term “Lyme’s disease” still so prevalent? One possibility is that people may be confusing it with other conditions that are named after their discoverers, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or Crohn’s disease. However, Lyme disease is not named after a person, but rather after the town in which it was first identified.


Another possible reason for the confusion is that the use of the apostrophe “s” in the English language is often used to indicate possession or ownership. For example, “John’s car” means that the car belongs to John. Therefore, people may assume that “Lyme’s disease” means that the disease belongs to Lyme.


However, this is not the case. The term “Lyme disease” is simply the name of the illness and does not indicate possession or ownership. In fact, using the incorrect term “Lyme’s disease” can create confusion and may even result in miscommunication in a medical context.


It is important to use the correct terminology when discussing Lyme disease to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings. When seeking medical treatment or information, it is best to use the correct term “Lyme disease.” Using the incorrect term “Lyme’s disease” may result in misunderstandings, and may even cause confusion and delay in proper diagnosis and treatment.


In conclusion, the correct term for the tick-borne illness is “Lyme disease,” not “Lyme’s disease.” While the use of the apostrophe “s” in the English language can indicate possession or ownership, this is not the case with the term “Lyme disease.” It is important to use the correct terminology to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings, especially in a medical context where precision and accuracy are critical.


Hopefully, that helps clear things up and I can stop cringing every time I hear someone say Lyme’s disease.  


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