What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that is caused by infected Ixodes ticks, which are better known as deer ticks. It is estimated that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year. It can also be difficult to diagnose Lyme Disease because the symptoms are similar to numerous other conditions. That is why health experts believe that the number of people living with Lyme Disease is greater than the number of people who are being diagnosed.
Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
During the early stages of Lyme Disease, one may develop a rash and flu-like symptoms. The rash typically develops three to 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick. Body aches, fever and chills are some of the flu-like symptoms that one may experience.
If Lyme Disease is left untreated, then one may develop more severe symptoms. This includes things such as neurological problems and severe joint pain. In rare cases, people can develop heart problems, liver inflammation and eye inflammation.
Antibiotics are the standard treatment for Lyme Disease. The sooner one starts taking antibiotics, the sooner one will be able to make a complete recovery. Antibiotics can be given orally or intravenously.
It is important to note that one may still experience symptoms after treatment. This is known as post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. Administering more antibiotics will not make the symptoms go away faster.
Who Is At Risk For Lyme Disease?
Anyone can develop Lyme Disease. However, there are some people who are at a greater risk for it than others. People who spend a lot of time in grassy or wooded areas are more likely to develop Lyme Disease. You are also more likely to develop Lyme Disease if a tick is not removed quickly.
Additionally, ticks can easily latch onto bare flesh. That is why you are more likely to develop Lyme Disease if your skin is exposed.
There are many things that you can do to prevent Lyme Disease. It is best to avoid going in shaded areas because those are places where deer ticks live. You will also need to use insect repellent. Check yourself for ticks after you come inside. Deer ticks are about the size of a pin head, so you will have to search very carefully for them. It is best to remove deer ticks with tweezers. Dispose of the tick after removing it and then apply antiseptic to the area.