What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection which is bacterial and is transmitted by a tiny deer tick. Individuals who develop Lyme disease have a peculiar rash of the skin just before the development of arthritis symptoms and much recall being bitten by a tick at the site of the rash.
The tiny deer ticks are infected with a spiral shaped bacterium or spirochete known as Borrelia burgdorfen. These ticks usually mate and feed on deer during a part of their life cycle.
In addition to arthritis, Lyme disease can cause brain, nerve and heart problems. In the early stages of Lyme disease, the individual can experience flu like symptoms which can cause a stiff neck, fever, chills, lymph nodes which are swollen, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches as well as pain in the joints. The individual may also experience a very large, expanding rash of the skin around the place of the tick bite. In advanced disease, arthritis and nerve problems develop especially in the knees.
Lyme disease mimics a large assortment of illnesses and the severity of the disease can very from individual to individual. If you believe you have been bitten by a tick and you also live in an area known to have ticks with Lyme disease, see your primary care physician immediately so that a good diagnosis can be make and treatment can begin.
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