Take a picture of any rash you see *right away!* Rashes can change quickly and may even disappear before a doctor can see them. Lyme rashes do not always look like a bulls-eye. Many Lyme infections are caused by nymphs (baby ticks) which are the size of this dot (.), and are most active during the months of April and May. Any flu-like symptoms which appear in the warm Summer months should be viewed with suspicion, especially if the main symptoms are joint pain, all-over body pain, exhaustion, fever, and headache or stiff neck. Simply because these symptoms may disappear without antibiotic treatment does not mean that the Lyme Disease or any co-infections have been cured. Early and effective treatment is necessary. Lyme-Literate (LL) doctors usually recommend at least a six week course of antibiotics if Lyme is caught early. You can contact a local support group like ours for information on finding a LL doctor.
There are plenty of ticks around during the spring, summer and fall months. Deer ticks are about the size of a pin head and are very hard to see. Check yourselves and your kids carefully if any of you are in grassy or wooded areas!
Remember that only about 20% of infected people can recall a tick bite, and fewer than 50% ever see a rash. Many tick-related rashes do not present as a classic "Bulls Eye" rash. To see a list of symptoms and some examples of how rashes may present, please click HERE.
It's Often Tricky to Diagnose...
Diagnosing Lyme Disease (LD) is difficult, that's why it has been called the Great Imitator, as it mimics conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, MS and ALS.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease...
Symptoms can include headaches, severe headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, Bell's palsy (drooping on one side of face), abdominal pain, noise and light sensitivity, joint and back pain, personality and mood changes, learning disabilities, confusion (finding the right words), tremors or seizures, eyesight problems, and stroke-like symptoms. If left untreated, LD can become chronic, and more difficult to treat.
Lyme hates heat, oxygen and an alkaline environment! Some things you can do to provide these conditions are the following. Avoid sugar and refined carbs as they produce an acid environment in your blood. Eating and drinking things that are Alkaline are beneficial. Also, when you are able, raise your body temperature through exercise and/or hot baths. Exercise will also oxygenate the body.
What to Do if You Think You Have Lyme Disease...ext' from this menu will also allow you to edit the text within this text box. Remember to keep your wording friendly, approachable and easy to understand as if you were talking to your customer
First take the time to read and learn about Lyme Disease (LD) and gather as many facts as you can. If you have the kinds of symptoms described above, you may have an active infection. A Lyme literate doctor can make a clinical diagnosis of LD based upon your medical history, symptoms and an examination. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that a diagnosis should not be based solely on blood test results.