Lyme disease or Lyme Borreliosis is a bacterial disease that is transferred to humans when you are bitten by a tick. Ticks look like small spiders and feed on the blood of humans and animals by attaching themselves to the skin of their victims. They are normally found in grassy or wooded areas. They are difficult to see until they decide to attach themselves to you.
The bacteria that causes Lyme disease gets transferred from the tick to a human if the tick remains attached to your body for a day or two. It’s possible not to notice that a tick has attached itself to you for this period of time because they are so small and you may only experience a slight irritation in the beginning. However, if you do get Lyme disease there are certain symptoms you will experience including the following:
A Rash Will Appear
As the bacteria which has been transmitted from a ticks bite reacts with your body, a red rash will appear around the area the bite took place in. This rash looks very similar to a bulls-eye on a dartboard because there is circular patterned red rash where the bite took place and another red ring that surrounds the area where you were bitten. When you touch the rash it will feel warm. However many sufferers don’t complain about any itching. If the disease goes untreated, the rash often increases in width and can reach a width of 12 inches or more.
Joint and Muscle Problems
As Lyme disease spreads, you will experience pain in your joints and muscles. Joints may also feel stiff and start to swell, as the disease takes hold. This pain, stiffness and swelling increases if the disease is left untreated. In extreme cases, arthritis may become a problem.
Fatigue and Fever
Like most diseases, Lyme disease involves an attack on the body’s defense system which means the body has to react. However, this can take its toll and it’s not unusual for individuals with Lyme disease to start becoming fatigued and tired. The bacteria in Lyme disease can also affect the body’s immune system. This leads to a fever and various flu-like symptoms.
Nervous System, Head and Heart Problems
Long term sufferers of Lyme disease can experience further problems. Sudden nerve pain, tingling sensations and other nervous system symptoms often develop over time.
The brain is sometimes affected. In extreme cases, sufferers complain about dizziness, brain inflammation and memory problems. Heart palpitations and an irregular heart beat are also a more severe symptom of this disease.
Thankfully, very few people suffer from Lyme disease. However, if you are an active person who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors, this increases the possibility of getting this disease. However, wearing the appropriate clothing and checking your body for ticks after you spend long periods of time outside, will reduce the likely hood of suffering from the symptoms above. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact a Lyme disease doctor. Rosewellness.com is a wellness center
that specializes in the detection of this type of disease and will quickly put you on the road to
recovery if you do have Lyme disease.