How dangerous is Lyme disease? 30,000 people every year struggle and fight against this bacteria! Celebrity musician and singer Avril Lavigne has even been diagnosed and opens up in news interviews about her symptoms, treatment, recovery and health.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease—or the Great Imitator—is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgodorferi, which causes signs of severe damage to your skin, joints, heart and nervous system by tick bites. It’s transmitted by blacklegged ticks that have been infected, which usually feed on wild animals like mice, deer, foxes, and horses. Celebrity singer Avril Lavigne told abc news, good morning America, in an interview about her fight against lyme disease. Dr Phil has also covered the topic of how do you get lyme disease and how does lyme disease spread.
Where is it located?
Lyme disease is normally found in infected blacklegged ticks, which reside in wooded and grassy areas. In the U.S., these ticks are found along the northeastern coast as well as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Northern California. Although the disease can affect people of all ages, the children and the elderly are the most vulnerable as well those working outdoors such as firefighters and park rangers.
How will it kill you?
Lyme disease has different stages which at first show symptoms similar to other diseases and can be misdiagnosed as the flu. Symptoms include fever, chills, and sweats as well as a facial drooping and the development a large skin rash called Erythma migrans. As the disease progresses, the bacteria affects your nervous system and results in memory loss, poor coordination, and a decrease in concentration. It also leads to the development of arthritis in the knees, heart problems, and eventual death if left untreated.
How to survive:
Lab testing during early stages of Lyme disease can provide false results, so diagnosing for it should NOT be quickly ruled out. For prevention and cure, pay close attention for its symptoms, especially that of the rash or for facial drooping. Once properly diagnosed, the right antibiotics can be administered to help with recovery. It’s also extremely important to take probiotics in order aid your intestinal flora.