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Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial organism that is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick. Most people bitten by an infected tick develop a characteristic skin rash around the area of the bite. The rash may feel hot to the touch, and vary in size, shape, and color, but it will often have a “bull’s eye” appearance (a red ring with a clear center). However, there are those who will not develop the rash, which makes Lyme disease hard to diagnose because its symptoms and signs mimic those of many other diseases. Seven to 10 days following an infected tick’s bite, the first stage of Lyme disease begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain. Neurological complications most often occur in the second stage of Lyme disease, with numbness, pain, weakness, Bell’s palsy (paralysis of the facial muscles), visual disturbances, and meningitis symptoms such as fever, stiff neck, and severe headache. Other problems, which may not appear until weeks, months, or years after a tick bite, include decreased concentration, irritability, memory and sleep disorders, and nerve damage in the arms and legs.
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The early use of antibiotics can prevent persistent, recurrent, and refractory Lyme disease. The duration of therapy should be guided by clinical response, rather than by an arbitrary (i.e., 30 day) treatment course. In a few patients symptoms of persisting infection may continue or recur, requiring additional antibiotic treatment. Varying degrees of permanent joint or nervous system damage may develop in patients with late chronic Lyme disease. I
Patients with lyme disease should consider supplementing their antibiotic regimen with a nutritional regimen including fish oil and/or borage seed oil in additional to a high potency multivitamin/mineral. For those experiencing muscle pain and spasm, a calcium/magnesium supplement may be helpful. CoQ10 and other mitochondrial nutrients (e.g., carnitine and lipoic acid) promote energy production. Intravenous nutrients, such as vitamin C and B vitamins, are often utilized for immune function enhancement.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
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... The spiral-shaped bacterium that causes Lyme disease typically is carried by a genus of ticks known as Ixodes. Ixodes, which include the deer tick, live in the low bushes and tall grasses of wooded ar...
... Where you live or vacation can affect your chances of getting Lyme disease. So can the type of outdoor activities you enjoy. The most common risk factors for Lyme disease include: Spending time in woo...
Lyme Disease Prevention
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... You can decrease your chances of contracting Lyme disease by taking some simple precautions: Wear long pants and sleeves. When walking in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants tucked into soc...
Lyme Disease Treatment
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... Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause: Chronic joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), particularly of your knee Neurological symptoms, such as facial palsy and neuropathy Cognitive defects, such as imp...
... Antibiotics are the standard treatment for Lyme disease in its early stages. For adults, doctors may recommend such antibiotic drugs as doxycycline (Doryx, Monodox), cefuroxime (Ceftin) or amoxicillin...
Lyme Disease Other
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... Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975 after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Connecticut, and two n...
Source: Cleveland Clinic
... Lyme disease is an infectious illness caused by a bacterium and transmitted mainly through tick bites. The disease was identified in 1975 in a group of children in and around Lyme, Conn. The children ...
Lyme Disease Articles
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... Lyme disease results from infection with spirochetes belonging to the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex. In Europe and Asia, most cases of Lyme disease are caused by B. burgdorferi sensu stricto...
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... Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial organism that is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick. Most people bitten by an infected tick develop a characteristic skin rash around the area...