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Posted on 05/02/2016, by Jeremy Edsall

Know the Dangers of Lyme Disease

Lyme is a Multi-Systemic Disease caused by the bacteria  transmitted by the bite of the Black Legged Tick; commonly called the Deer Tick.  Found in up to 80 countries world wide, Lyme disease may be carried by different types of ticks with different strains of bacteria. Once the bacteria enters the body it can affect various areas of the body and cause a variety of symptoms and complications. It has been estimated that over 350,000 people in the United States get Lyme disease each year, with most cases reported in the northeastern states.

These can include:
* Flu-like illness
* Fever
* Headache
* Extreme Fatigue
* Malar Flush, Red Ear Lobes
* TMJ/ Jaw Pain (Temporomandibular Join)
* Neck & Back Pain
* Joint Pain & Swelling, Bone Pain

One of the first symptoms after having been bitten by an infected tick is a rash called a 
Erythema Migrans Rash, or bullseye rash, named for its bullseye appearance.  Only 50% of patients however get a rash. 

It is important to check yourself or loved ones for the presence of ticks after having been outdoors in wooded or grassy areas where ticks may be present.  The longer a tick has been attached to the body, the greater the chance that harmful  bacteria has entered the body.  

When a tick is discovered on your body it should be carefully removed and treated. The tick can be tested to determine if it is carrying harmful bacteria.  If you suspect you have been infected your physician will prescribe antibiotics.

Lyme is a complicated disease not without controversy, but it can cause a variety of health problems and conditions which can become chronic illnesses if not treated properly.

Source: Lyme Disease Association

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