Movie talks about Lyme disease

Did you know Lyme disease cases have been reported in every state in the country? And the disease is often misdiagnosed as other illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis?

The documentary “Under our Skin,” which exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, will be shown at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the free showing.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is most often known for being acquired from the bite of a tick, according to the Indiana Lyme Connect. That organization was founded in March 2014 to raise public awareness about the disease, support those with it and prepare health care professionals to address it.

If Lyme disease is not caught early and treated properly, the disease enters a chronic state, according to the Indiana Lyme Connect. Chronic Lyme disease can have lifelong implications and frequently devastates lives.

Antibiotics are commonly used to treat the disease, but a multifaceted approach is necessary due to the complexity of the disease. Preventing tick bites is the best defense against Lyme disease.