What is Lyme Disease

by Vanya Sharma last updated -

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Lyme disease is an infectious, bacterial disease that can be transferred to humans via the bite of a deer tick, which is the most common method of transfer. It is currently considered one of the most widespread infectious diseases in Europe and the Americas, with more than 10,000 new cases being reported every day. There are three strains of bacteria from the Borrellia genus that are the causes of this disease.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

After being bitten by a tick, symptoms begin to appear. A rash forms at the site of the bite in most cases (70-80%), and this is often accompanied by pain, inflammation, flu-like symptoms, muscle as well as joint aches, and general fatigue. Some rare symptoms include meningitis, hepatitis, and co-infections with herpes viruses, due to the weakened state of the immune system.

The disease is quite easily treatable with antibiotics, but if the condition goes untreated for an extended period of time, the disease can begin to affect the central nervous system, the heart, muscle disorders, and neurological issues.

Human skin with a tick bite and tick on it

Although antibiotics are widely used by most patients suffering from Lyme disease, there are some home remedies that can either naturally fight off the bacterial infection, treat the symptoms, and generally give you relief from this disease without having to resort to pharmaceuticals and antibiotics.

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Vanya Sharma handles the medical expert collaboration for Organic Facts. A writer at heart, she joined the website while she was still pursuing her English Literature degree from IGNOU, Delhi, India. She is also responsible for the website’s monthly newsletter and website content and contributes to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube regularly. Currently pursuing an e-course offered by Stanford University, ‘Introduction to Food and Health’, she aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.  

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