Welcome to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) was created to promote a more complete and comprehensive understanding of Lyme disease and related illnesses through research, education and advocacy to help reduce misdiagnosis and improve treatments for Lyme disease.

Get help for Lyme

Recognizing symptoms and learning how to talk to your doctor are the first steps towards treatment.

Learn more about Lyme

Understanding Lyme disease is the best way to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

Get the facts

Get the facts on ticks and tick-borne diseases. There are many myths! 

Recent dispatches

Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme carditis

ByCanLyme TeamFeb 15, 20241 min read

Understanding the risks, manifestations and clinical management of Lyme carditis can save lives and prevent invasive medical and surgical…

Research priorities of patients with Lyme disease in pregnancy

ByCatherine KinsellaFeb 13, 20243 min read

This recent Canadian study articulates many of the concerns that Lyme patients have, including the concern that mothers have…

Vision loss and Lyme neuroborreliosis

ByCatherine KinsellaFeb 7, 20243 min read

This case presentation highlights the importance of considering Lyme disease as a possible cause of vision loss and other…

Persistence of Lyme patients and the role of patient organizations

ByCanLyme TeamJan 23, 20245 min read

What happens when growing numbers of patients are unable to receive a diagnosis and adequate treatment for Lyme disease?…

Where there are ticks, there’s often Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by an infection that is most often transmitted by ticks, but it can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy.

Ticks can attach to your body without being seen or felt, and diagnosis can be difficult due to symptom presentation, testing protocols and other challenges. 

Learn to protect yourself

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CanLyme is a registered Canadian charity. We rely on the financial support of donors. You can help save lives.

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Tick removal kits

We are a volunteer driven, registered charity. All proceeds go to education, prevention, awareness, research, and support.
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Prevention tips

Regular tick checks are a way to check your body for crawling or embedded ticks. Check everywhere including these hotspots.
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Your donation helps us to fund research and education for health care providers, advance prevention and awareness of Lyme disease – and more.
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Tick removal

If you’ve discovered an embedded tick on yourself or someone else there are a few important things to remember.
A microscopic view of borrelia burgdorferi, a corkscrew shaped bacteria.

Lyme basics

Although it is most commonly associated with a tick bite, many people who have Lyme disease do not recall seeing or feeling a tick bite.
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Prevention

By taking the right precautions and spreading the word, you can effectively protect yourself, and your family, from Lyme.

More news

Combination antibiotic therapy for treatment of Lyme disease

ByCatherine KinsellaJan 19, 20241 min read

Dr. Monica Embers, Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research at Tulane University, discusses the difference between antibiotic tolerance and resistance…

The significant impacts of infections, such as Lyme, on mental health

ByCatherine KinsellaJan 10, 20242 min read

Dr. Robert Bransfield, Dr. Charlotte Mao and Dr.Rosalie Greenberg have written a comprehensive and important review that addresses the…

Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease: The Patient Experience

ByCanLyme TeamDec 31, 20232 min read

Published December 29, 2023 in Healthcare Authored by Jennifer L. Fagen, Jeremy A. Shelton, Jenna Luché-Thayer Abstract: Even though…

Leaning into 2024

ByCanLyme TeamDec 26, 20231 min read

This is a time of year for messages of joy and resurgence. For people with Lyme disease and their…

Research points to delayed diagnosis for Black patients with Lyme disease

ByCatherine KinsellaDec 21, 20231 min read

This recent study from Johns Hopkins University reveals that Black patients in their clinic and research studies received a…

Lack of effective healthcare for Canadian Lyme patients and why they turn elsewhere

ByCanLyme TeamDec 20, 20236 min read

An article in BNN is once again shining a spotlight on the systemic dysfunction in the Canadian healthcare system…

Are you planning to travel?

ByCanLyme TeamDec 18, 20232 min read

Ticks can be found around the globe and have different habits, habitats and carry different pathogens depending on where…

Research confirms  presence of Borrelia cyst-like structures after antibiotic treatment and uncovers a unique localization of Borrelia species in the brain

ByCatherine KinsellaDec 1, 20232 min read

Emerging research out of the Czech Republic has revealed surprising results and invites further exploration into how Borrelia interacts…

Spark hope this Giving Tuesday: Your chance to create change!

ByCanLyme TeamNov 27, 20231 min read

This Giving Tuesday, show your support for the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. Let’s ignite a spark of hope together. …