Lyme disease is a serious and complex condition caused by Borrelia bacteria.
The disease itself is attained through a tick bite. Quickly after the inception of the infection, a series of symptoms will most likely occur between 3 to 30 days. These symptoms include (but are not limited to) an itchy rash that can be up to twelve inches across, fever, and severe joint pain. If treated quickly, the disease can be cured with relatively no complications. However, some people don’t develop symptoms from the infection, which contributes greatly to the severity of the disease in the long run.
More serious complications from Lyme Disease include memory loss, chronic fatigue, severe migraines, heart palpitations, and the most severe being neurological problems that are sometimes irreversible.
Since this disease stems from infected deer ticks, the only notable risk factor for Lyme Disease is spending time in wooded or grassy areas. The only way to lower one’s risk of attaining Lyme Disease is wearing long clothing in such areas, as well as performing thorough tick checks afterward.
The most common route of treatment for Lyme disease involves different types of antibiotics. These range from oral antibiotics to intravenous antibiotics, as the healing process can take a pretty long time for this condition.
Although these antibiotics have been fairly successful, they have been known to have some tolling side effects including a depletion of white blood cells, gastrointestinal issues, and muscle aches.
It’s important to note that even after an individual has been treated, there is still the potential for long time symptoms following this disease. This can include chronic fatigue, joint pain, and other muscle abnormalities.
An excellent article written by Michael Edwards on Organic Lifestyle Magazine discusses some very interesting points about treating Lyme Disease. One of the most important things he mentions is the double sided sword of antibiotics- yes, they get the job done, but there are still consequences to using them. These include super-resistant bacteria, as well as the destruction of healthy bacteria within our own bodies.
This article does an enlightening job of emphasizing the importance of building up a healthy, powerful gut. Most of us don’t even realize that our sickness or lack of recovery stems from an unbalanced gut. Even for individuals who do not have Lyme, building up a history of good bacteria through diet and probiotics are guaranteed to live healthier lives.
An article published on NIH discusses a new approach to diagnosing Lyme Disease: through the use of metabolic markers. This has been proven successful, as doctors are able to follow the inflammatory response left behind by the bacteria. Before this discovery, doctors had to rely on standard serologic lab tests, which in fact don’t detect up to 70 percent of cases!
This new method is a great breakthrough, as it narrows down in on the presence of Lyme disease. The symptoms produced by Lyme are so broad, and without a rash, it can be very tricky to diagnose. This method allows doctors to go in with their diagnose with a sense of certainty that they didn’t have before.
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