Lyme Disease

 

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Ixodes scapularis is commonly known as the Deer Tick or Blacklegged Tick, and in some parts of the United States as the Bear Tick. It is a hard-bodied tick of the eastern and northern Midwestern United States.

In late summer of 2015, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key. I urge everyone to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Lyme and also educate yourself on the proper removal of ticks.

I wrote about my experiences as I dealt with my diagnosis, symptoms and medical professionals. I also included hints and tips for dealing with medical professionals when things weren’t exactly going my way. As it seems to be the case for a lot of people who are dealing with medical conditions.

You can find that blog here at “A Twist Of Lyme”

I am occasionally making updates and am also working on making it a bit more user friendly so that certain articles are easier to locate. If you have never heard of Lyme Disease or aren’t quite sure what it is, I urge you to click on the link below..

What is Lyme Disease?

 

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Me overlooking a flooded Salamonie Lake, Indiana

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