Living with Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease is a condition the derives from black-legged or deer ticks. Humans are infected with the disease when bitten by one of these tick types. The disease is hard to diagnosis at first as the symptoms are similar to the flu or other sicknesses. Individuals who have Lyme Disease will experience a fever, fatigue, and headaches plus a skin rash known as erythema migrans. If the condition is not treated, the infection has the ability to spread throughout the body. The heart, nervous system and joints can be affected.

In most cases, Lyme disease can be treated successfully. It can take a few weeks to feel normal again but in some cases, the disease has been allowed to fester and treatment can take much longer, even years before the patient’s condition improves.

Early Signs and Symptoms

When Lyme disease is present in the body, an individual will experience signs and symptoms during the first three to thirty days after the bite. Such symptoms include fever, headache, chills, joint aches, muscle aches, lymph node swelling. The erythema migrans rash will take place in 70 to 80 percent of those infected. The rash starts at the site of the tick bite and will expand gradually over time. It will have a bulls-eye appearance, a red center, and ring around the outside of the red spot.

Days or months after a tick bite, an infected individual will experience neck stiffness, severe headaches, more rashes in other areas of the body, facial palsy, irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations, dizziness and more.

Living with Lyme Disease

Once you have been diagnosed, treatment will begin. Medication can be administered as well as other treatment types such as IV therapy used, in order to treat the condition. When taking medication such as doxycycline, you may be affected by the sun. it is recommended that you avoid the sun so that you do not burn. The skin can become very sensitive to sunlight while on this medication.

Probiotics are also used to treat the condition. It is recommended that probiotics are used around two hours after antibiotics have been taken. The antibiotics will kill both bad and good bacteria in the gut area. You want to take probiotics in order to maintain good gut health.

When living with Lyme Disease, the need for blood testing rises. Medications that treat this condition are strong and as the disease dies off, neurotoxins can be produced that can be damaging to your organs such as your brain. Blood testing can provide liver and kidney updates so your physician knows that your organs are working properly. Neutrophil and white blood cell counts must be checked regularly to ensure the immune system is operating properly.

This is also where IV therapy can come in handy. With IV therapy, the immune system is boosted based on the vitamins and minerals administered intravenously. The body is provided what it needs directly so that the immune system can function properly to protect your health.

If you do experience immune system issues, IV therapy can be of benefit. While experiencing a low immune system, be sure to avoid anyone who may be sick. Infections can easily be picked up from others which can lead to sickness or even death. You may even want to go as far as asking others who are around you to wear masks and wash their hands regularly in order for you to stay healthy.

Lyme disease is a serious condition and must be treated correctly. To avoid this disease, be sure to use bug spray whenever you are outside and check your body as well as clothing for ticks. Being proactive and removing any ticks immediately can make the difference between catching Lyme disease or avoiding it.

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