Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Symptoms and Treatments

What Is Lyme Disease?

Have you developed a rash, suffering from joint pain, and have a fever? If the answer is, yes; you may have Lyme disease. So, what is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease falls under the infection category. It’s caused by tick bites. Once bitten by a tick that is infected with Lyme disease a rash normally forms and gradually increases in size.
Ticks are insects that attach to host animals and humans, and then bite. They are commonly found on blades of grass or in shrubbery.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

The first symptom of Lyme disease is the dreaded rash. As the infection spreads throughout the body patients began to experience joint and muscle pain, stiffness throughout the body, limb swelling, fever, and then fatigue.

Treatment

If you’re suffering from all of the above, chances are you have Lyme disease and need to consult a physician. Doctors normally treat Lyme disease patients with a course of antibiotics. The antibiotic treatment recommended by the experts is anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks. During treatment, patients may gradually start to feel better. However, at least 20% of people treated with antibiotics still suffer from the symptoms of Lyme disease up to 6 months.

Lyme disease is not like Chicken Pox. Once you have recovered from Lyme disease, if you are exposed to another infectious tick, you can again suffer from the disease just as you had the first time; which means, you will again have to take a course of antibiotics.

Lyme disease is not past from person to person; meaning the disease is not contagious. Although not contagious, people currently undergoing treatment should not donate blood.

If you have had Lyme disease and are still suffering from the commons symptoms, please consult with your doctor; you may have been exposed to the disease once more.

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