Lyme disease is an infectious condition. It caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is transmitted to humans by a bite of an infected tick. It becomes infected when a tick feeds on the blood of infected deer.
The symptoms of this disease occur from 3 to 30 days. If the condition left untreated. The infection can spread to any of the joints in your body. It can affect your heart and the nervous system. The disease known as the common tick-borne illness. In places such as Europe and Upper Midwest regions of the US.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
The early signs and symptoms of this condition include:
- Fever & Chills
- A headache
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema Migran rash
There are later signs and symptoms. It occurs in days or month after the tick bite. It includes the following:
- A severe Headache
- Neck stiffness
- Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling
- Facial Palsy
- Heart Palpitation
- Intermittent pain in tendons
- Trouble concentrating
- Nerve Pain
- Brain Disorder
- Numbness in arms, legs, and feet
- Short breathing
- Having a series of dizziness
RISK FACTORS OF LYME DISEASE
The following are at risk of having Lyme disease such as:
- People living in a place where lots of ticks.
- Spending time in wooded or grassy areas.
- A person loves outdoor activities.
- Having an exposed skin.
- Not removing ticks properly.
- A person who loves camping.
DIAGNOSING LYME DISEASE
The diagnosis of this disease based on:
- Signs and symptoms
- A possible exposure to infected ticks
After examining your signs and exposure to infected ticks. Your doctor will require you to have a lab test. It is to identify and can help confirm the diagnosis.
The Lab tests include:
- Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay Test (ELISA) – this test is used to detect antibodies to B. burgdorferi. Although it provides a false result. This isn’t used as the first basis for diagnosis.
- Western Blot Test – this test is used to confirm the diagnosis. If ELISA gives false result in the diagnosis.
LYME DISEASE PREVENTIVE MEASURES
The following are the safety measure to prevent in getting a tick bite.
- Wear long pants and long sleeve when you’re outdoors.
- Stay away from wooded and grassy areas.
- Avoid coming into places where ticks lived.
- Avoid contact with ticks.
- Clean your yard by clearing wooded areas. Putting woodpiles in areas lots of suns.
- Use insect repellent with 10% DEET.
- Check yourself for ticks before entering your home.
- Check your children and your pets for ticks.
- Remove attached ticks right away with tweezers.
TREATING LYME DISEASE
The disease is best treated in the early stages. Antibiotics are medicines used in treating infections. Other Medications used to treat Lyme disease are:
There are natural treatments or home remedy for Lyme disease such as:
- Antimicrobial Herbs
- Co-infection Prevention
- Detoxification Preparation
- Take supplements to improve cellular function
- Get enough rest
- Reduce parasite exposure