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what causes lyme disease?

A: It is caused by the spirochetes of the genus Borrelia and is transmitted by the deer tick, genus Ixodes, which lives on deer, mice, dogs, and other animals....


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what is lyme disease and how can it be found in your system?

A: lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. Infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Most cases of lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, landscaping, and integrated pest management. The ticks that transmit lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well.

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what is lyme disease?

A: lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that affects several thousand people every year. lyme disease commonly advances in three stages, with ultimate symptoms causing brain damage. The disease can be prevented and treated, with extremely high degrees of success.. lyme disease is passed on to people by the Ixodes tick, which can be identified by its signature black legs and is found primarily in a handful of states in the U.S., including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Cases of lyme disease have been reported in all 50 US states, in Canada, and in Europe and Asia. The ticks pass on

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what is lyme disease?

A: lyme disease is actually a bacterial disease that is caused by a tick bite. The bacteria live inside the tick, and when they bite you, you become infected too. Symptoms of lyme disease initially include a circular rash around the tick bite. This is a strange rash- it will look like a "bulls-eye", and disappear in a couple of days. Then, other symptoms will gradually appear, including fatigue, fever, and muscle pain. If detected early, the disease can be treated with antibiotics. However, since the symptoms can be mild and mimic a viral illness, many times it goes untreated. Symptoms of more long-term disease are arthritis, neurological symptoms, and fatigue, and at this stage the disease is more difficult to treat. The best advice I can...


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what is the name of the bacterium that causes lyme disease how is lyme disease transmitted?

A: lyme disease is caused by a group of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. It is transmitted by ticks (deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in North America, and sheep ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in Europe)....


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I went on a camping trip, checked myself over for ticks and didn''t see any. Two weeks later my ankles started hurting and locking up on me. The next day my knees became affected and each day a new joint has been affected. I can hardly walk from the pain and am taking pain killers. After a week I developed a rash on my face and on my torso. I then started having blurry vision and pain in my eyes and started having bells palsy symptoms. My muscles have started spasming and I just started having numbness in my limbs off and on. I have been to three different doctors and they all said they don''t know what is wrong. They have run soooo many tests and everything is negative. They have had me on predgnizone up until Tuesday. Wednesday my rheumatologist called and says he has a gut feeling it is lyme disease even though the test was negative. He started me on doxycycline. Is this what happened to any of you? Somebody told me that predgnizone can cause lyme disease to worsen...is this true? How long of a road am I looking at with my symptoms if this is lyme disease? Any advice or opinions would be much appreciated. This has been going on now for almost 4 weeks.

A: You have a wise rheumatologist! I''m glad he put you on antibiotics. Definitely ask him about tapering off the prednisone, as it is contraindicated for lyme. It lowers your immune function. How long ago did you go camping, was that four weeks ago? When were you finally started on Doxy? I went camping six weeks ago and I started having the symptoms two weeks after I got back. They didn''t start the doxy until this past Wednesday so I have only been on it for three days. So does this sound like lyme to you or could it be something else? From your symptom description that arose after having been camping, it appears that your rheumatologist is correct. I was undiagnosed for 21 years and was bitten three times by ticks I didn''t see. They can be...


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what Are the Pros and Cons of Taking Doxycycline for lyme disease?

A: Taking doxycycline for lyme disease is overall a highly beneficial treatment. If the drug is given to a patient within 72 hours of the initial tick bite that causes lyme disease, it has been shown to prevent the development of the disease. The only time it is not suitable to use doxycycline for lyme disease is when the patient exhibits nerve damage as a result of the disease. The common side effects associated with doxycycline include diarrhea, sore mouth and itching of the rectum or vagina. lyme disease is caused by a tick bite, and it causes symptoms affecting the skin, heart, joints and nervous system. lyme...


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Does anyone no what can lyme syptoms is?

A: what? http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/submenus/sub_lyme.htm lyme disease.....well I know that a few are: Tiredness Aching joints Circle around where tick bite is......sometimes http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lyme-disease/DS00116/DSECTION=2 http://www.lyme.org/otherdis/ld_symptoms.html a red bulls-eye target shaped rash is usually 1 of the 1st signs of lyme disease look up lyme disease...it is on the web. first sign is a circular hive about the size of a half-dollar. lyme disease was first identified in 1975 after a number of cases occurred in a town called Old

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what Is a lyme Disease Test?

A: A lyme disease test is administered to detect the presence of lyme disease in the blood. lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of certain kinds of ticks. A test is necessary when symptoms of the disease are exhibited, including inflammation of the skin, an expanding rash, headache, fever and malaise. Because these symptoms are so similar to those of other diseases, diagnosis can be difficult without specialized tests. There are five different types of lyme disease tests practiced today, including the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA; the indirect fluorescent assay, or IFA; the polymerase chain reaction test, or PCA; the western...
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lyme Disease and Kidney Failure

A: Dear Chris, Thank you for e-mailing me. I always get back to people on the first day, but I had a stint in the hospital recently and I?m ?playing?catch up, please accept my apologize. Renal failure is major and comes on fast from all sorts of causes. lyme Disease is slow acting usually and causes a myriad of symptoms over time. However, if he had undiagnosed  lyme for a long time, anything is possible. There are just a handful of labs in the US that test for lyme www.igenex.com is the best. One there is one thing about lyme that may be important. lyme is not the only disease you get from being sick. They are...
 
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