Living with Lyme disease can be very difficult. Every day, there are hundreds of people that are coping with symptoms of this disease. This article will offer an insight on what Lyme disease is all about, the most noticeable symptoms of Lyme disease and known solutions on how to cure and treat this dangerous disease.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is highly infectious disease. This disease is caused by germ known as Spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi. It was transmitted to humans from the bite of Deer ticks or western black-legged ticks. This disease is common occurrence in rural and suburban regions and it can be found in places such as Europe, United States, Australia and Asia.
Cases of Lyme disease have been documented almost in every state of United States. In 2011, Center for Disease Control released a map which shows some areas where cases of Lyme have been reported. However in 2012, 95% of all the Lyme disease cases that occurred in United States where concentrated only on 13 states from upper Midwest and northeast which includes: Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, New York, and New Jersey.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is transmitted from a tick bite. The symptoms that have been associated with this disease include:
- Stiff neck
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
Skin rash which is known as “erythema migrans” is a major symptom of Lyme disease; it is caused by a bite from tick and usually appears from a week to a month after the initial bite. This skin rash starts to spread from the point of the bite. It is usually a small red spot which grow larger as it spreads. This rash can burn and itch the individual that is suffering from it. However on some cases the individual might not even feel it.
The infection from this bite later on will spread to the heart, the joints and even the nervous system. The infection which affects the heart causes it to beat slowly or irregularly. If left untreated it could lead to nervous system damage. This disease could also lead to arthritis. It causes your joint to become inflamed. Disease could later result in difficult in concentrating, muscle weakness, memory loss, tingling and numbness.
How To Treat Lyme Disease
Once you suspect symptoms of Lyme disease, you need to consult your doctor for a lab test to confirm if you have this disease or not. If you have the disease, you need to begin your treatment immediately.
Lyme disease is treated with taking of antibiotics for several weeks. If detected early, it will require about 14 to 30 days of antibiotics. Normally in the treatment of Lyme disease, antibiotics are given through the mouth. You may require taking it intravenously if your nervous system has been affected by this disease.
Ensure that you take the entire drug prescribed by your doctor according to his instructions. Do not stop the drugs so as to prevent the disease spreading to your heart, joint and nervous system. If you have a problem with the drugs, call your doctor to discuss the way forward.
Unfortunately when suffering from this disease going for a blood test might not be useful to check your treatment from this disease as in some cases the Lyme disease may show positive test eve after more than a month of treatment. When Lyme disease becomes advanced, the symptoms may improve but will not completely disappear.
Other natural method you can adopt in treatment of Lyme disease includes:
- Take enough forest fruits
- Take Multi-vitamins daily
- Drink at least 12 glasses of water everyday
- Use ice pack to relief sharp or dull pain
- Use grapefruit seed extract in fighting the bacteria in the body
How To Prevent Lyme Disease
Lyme disease which is cause by tick bite can be prevented by avoiding the tick bites. Wear long clothes if you are going into the wood areas. You can use an insect repellent containing permethrin when going into woods to keep ticks off. Check your body, skin and scalp for ticks and rashes after you’ve been outdoor. Also keep an eye on your pets for any sign of tick.
If in any case you find tick sticking on your body do not squeeze or twist it rather use tweezers to grasp the tick close to your skin and pull steady until you get it out. Check your skin over the month after you’ve removed the tick from your skin. In case you notice any rash, please contact your doctor immediately.