LYME DISEASE
Description


 
  Symptoms
Anxiety Chills Face - paralysis
Fatigue/exhaustion Fever Head - ache
Joints - pain Joints - stiffness Joints - swelling
Limb - numbness Mental confusion Mental depression
Muscles - aching Neck - stiffness Skin - rash
  Description

Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis is a bacterial infection caused by several species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. These bacteria are maintained in nature in the bodies of wild animals and transmitted from one animal to another by tick bites. Humans and pets are incidental hosts to ticks. The early phase of the disease begins at the site of the tick bite with an expanding ring of redness which often resembles a bull's-eye, with a red ring surrounding a clear area and a red center. Later it can affect the skin, joints, heart, and the nervous system.

The body does not maintain a natural immunity to the disease. Thus, a person can be re-infected with the disease on subsequent tick bites.

   Diagnosis

Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose because people may not notice a tick bite and also because many of its symptoms are like those of the flu. However, there are two types of blood tests that are valid a few weeks after the patient was bitten and can help to confirm the diagnosis:

- Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test, and

- Western Blot Test (WBT).

   More information:
Lyme Disease Treatment
Lyme Disease Healthcare Centers
 

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