Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. All organs can be affected, but most commonly the skin, nervous system, joints, and heart.
This disease has been known since 1975, by various names, but is mainly associated with the name of the Lyme locality in the North American state of Connecticut, where the disease first appeared in epidemic proportions.
In Europe and the United States, the disease is caused by at least three species: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia garinii and Borrelia afzelii. The genotypic differences among these borrels are partly responsible for the different clinical manifestations in infected individuals. The disease is transmitted by various ticks from the Ixodes castor/persulcatus complex. In the US, the major vector is Ixodes scapularis, in Europe Ixodes castor, and in Asia Ixodes persulcatus.
Each year, more than 200,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States, making it the fastest growing infectious disease in America. One new case is diagnosed every three hours. According to the CDC report, only 10-12% of Lyme disease is diagnosed! Often, this disease is misdiagnosed as a specific form of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other neurological diseases.
Come visit our clinic as soon as you notice early symptoms of lyme disease to get tested for Lyme disease and to receive a proper Lyme disease treatment via boosting your immune system and balancing your hormones.Removing Ticks
There are many unusual tips on how to remove ticks. A fast and professional medical intervention will reduce the chance of getting Lyme's disease. If you notice a tick and try to remove it yourself, there is a great possibility that you will end up smashing its body, making it eject a large amount of bacteria through saliva.
If it is impossible for you to get medical help soon, then you can try removing the tick yourself. First, you need to wash your hands and take a tweezer with a blunt tip, pushing the tip of the tweezers closest to the skin and the head of the tick, and turning your hand counterclockwise. Only after you remove the tick, you should disinfect the area of the tick bite, otherwise, the disinfectants encourage the tick to vomit into the wound.
Make sure you see your doctor and report a tick bite even if you managed to remove the tick yourself. The doctor will monitor the condition of the site and if symptoms appear on the skin within a month antibiotics are prescribed which should prevent the spread of the bacterium and the disease progression to its chronic form. If the disease is caught on time, 68% of people have no consequences. A second stage manifests itself in 20% of cases, while the third and the most severe form of the disease develops in only 5% of cases.
The diagnosis of the disease is based on the report that someone has been bitten by a tick, general clinical presentation and a change at the site of the tick bite. Only after a few weeks can serological analyses be performed. The observance of a general practitioner for at least three months is mandatory.
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