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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It is imperative to have conversations about Lyme disease so that everyone understands prevention and intervention methods. Lyme disease can severely impact a person’s life, interfering with how they function physically, psychologically, and cognitively.

The number of Lyme disease diagnoses is in the hundreds of thousands, presenting an economic burden in the United States of $1 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers do not include unreported, undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed cases.

One study on the projected annual Lyme disease cases in Canada reports that up to 500,000 cases could occur by 2050. The economic burden of that many cases is around $2 billion annually.

Raising awareness about Lyme disease can reduce the number of cases and the financial burdens.

Lyme Disease on the Rise

The black-legged tick or deer tick transmits Lyme disease. At one time, these ticks were limited to specific spots in the United States, like in the Northeast, where they were first discovered. Today, deer ticks are found in every state and many areas within Canada.

Deer tick populations are expected to continue rising and spreading. One reason is climate change. Ticks thrive in warmer temperatures and are active whenever the temperature is above freezing. They do not die in cold weather, either. They go dormant. As the climate warms, tick activity will increase.

Another reason for the increase in deer tick populations is deforestation. Humans cut down trees and develop land for residential and commercial purposes. Deforestation pushes wildlife into new habitats, like urban and rural neighborhoods. Wildlife carry ticks on their bodies. So, while it may be fun to see deer, raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits in your yard, they may be carrying infected ticks that can latch onto you or your pet.

Preventing Lyme Disease

Anyone can develop Lyme disease. Deer ticks do not discriminate on which warm-blooded body they attach to and transmit infections. Therefore, you must take prevention measures seriously. Here are some simple tips:

  • Educate yourself on the place you will be visiting outdoors. If the area has high grasses and a lot of vegetation, that’s where ticks live. You don’t have to avoid those areas, but you can protect yourself before you go.
  • Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and hats. Clothing acts as a barrier between you and the tick. Wearing light-colored clothing will help you see a tick better.
  • If hiking, stay on cleared trails when possible.
  • Keep your lawn manicured by mowing it often and removing clutter or piles of logs, rocks, or wood.
  • When going outside, spray tick repellant on your clothing, body, and pet.
  • As soon as you return from the outdoors, check your body and your pet for ticks.
  • Take a hot shower after being outdoors to wash off a tick that has not attached to your skin yet.
  • Wash and dry the clothes you were wearing outdoors. 

You will be thankful for prevention methods because Lyme disease symptoms can be debilitating.

 

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Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease occurs in stages, and during the early stages, many doctors misdiagnose people because the symptoms mimic other conditions. The bullseye rash is a sure sign of Lyme disease, but not everyone gets a rash when infected. 

Stage one symptoms appear within the first 30 days and include:

  • Headaches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Stiff neck
  • Fever

Stage two symptoms appear three to twelve weeks after infection and include:

  • All stage one symptoms
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Bells Palsy

Stage three symptoms appear months or years after infection and include:

  • All of stage one and two symptoms, recurring
  • Arthritis
  • Aseptic meningitis 
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Neurological problems
  • Psychological disorders
  • Arrhythmias 

Seeking Treatment Outside the U.S. and Canada

Typically, a patient with Lyme disease in the United States and Canada goes through a long process before finally being diagnosed with Lyme disease. They have initial symptoms and visit their family doctor, who never thinks to test for Lyme disease. Instead, they prescribe medications to treat symptoms. However, symptoms persist and worsen. 

A few return visits to the family doctor without relief leads to a referral to a specialist, usually in the most persistent symptom. If gastrointestinal issues are causing the most pain, you will be sent to a gastroenterologist. If you have heart palpitations, you will be referred to a cardiologist. People with psychiatric symptoms go to a psychiatrist. 

Before you know it, you have spent years figuring out what is wrong. Some doctors make you think it is all made up in your mind. But it is not. You spend time, effort, and money jumping from one doctor to another.

Seeking treatment outside the country is an easy way to avoid years without proper treatment. Specialists, like at Lyme Mexico Clinic, use advanced testing techniques to diagnose you accurately. They offer outpatient services to help you get back to enjoying life, including alternative treatments such as IV antibiotics, therapeutic apheresis, hyperthermia, biofilm eradication, and immune-boosting therapies.

Contact Lyme Mexico online or by phone for a consultation. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn the benefits, including saving time and money. Call today.

Great News Regarding Lyme Disease

Ongoing research by leaders in the rare and infectious disease field is working on new and better testing methods and treatments. Here are some of the latest announcements:

  • Researchers developed a new approach to treating neurological symptoms by treating the underlying inflammation directly.
  • Funding from the government to address Lyme disease is increasing in areas like antibiotic resistance, diagnostic improvements, and prevention.
  • Changes in how Lyme disease cases are reported are getting more accurate numbers of people diagnosed with Lyme disease.
  • Researchers have deciphered the genomes of Lyme disease and can now tell why the disease and its symptoms vary from place to place and by person.

These are just a few of the 2024 announcements regarding Lyme disease news and announcements. Contact Lyme Mexico to learn more good news and consult with a leading Lyme-literate doctor. Also, find out how you can recognize Lyme Disease Awareness Month in your area.

Again, consider traveling outside the United States, Canada, and the UK to Mexico to meet with a top clinic, Lyme Mexico. Learn more about Lyme disease or schedule an evaluation. We can discuss your symptoms and the alternative treatment options that work.

 

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