There is a growing concern in the United States regarding Lyme disease because it is so hard to diagnose. The symptoms of this illness are associated with 350 distinct diseases, so doctors need to be well informed about this disease to give the proper diagnosis in time.
The best early diagnosis method provided by physicians is a particular blood test which is highly accurate in detecting Lyme disease. Otherwise, the most common wrong-given diagnoses are rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
This tick-borne illness is highly dangerous because it affects the endocrine and nervous systems. If it’s not diagnosed in time, the bacteria will spread throughout the whole body, and it will be almost impossible to cure.
That is why experts underline the importance of early diagnosis because Lyme disease can be easily tackled with antibiotics between 14 to 30 days since the infection occurred. But some people live with this debilitating disease entirely unaware that they suffer from it.
Based on the statistics from the State Department of Health, more than 50,000 cases have been reported since 1986. According to Deanna Hoey, Cayuga County Health Department public health educator, four cases have been reported this year and 22 cases in 2015.
Lyme disease infection is transmitted by the blacklegged deer tick, which carries the bacteria. They are very little and hard to spot. These ticks thrive in warm temperatures, so summer is the danger period when people must be aware of the risks. These disease-carrying insects can be found in shrubs, brush, and tall grass at around 18 to 24 inches above the ground.
When they find a host, they usually look for hairy parts of the body such as the scalp, armpit, and groin. The symptoms of this tick-borne illness are sometimes related to the brain and include emotional changes from day to night, anxiety, depression, trouble focusing, and memory loss.
Infected people might also experience joint pain, fever, fatigue, inflammation of the eyes, heart palpitations, and bull’s eye rashes around the bite which is the most prominent symptom of Lyme disease. Experts strongly recommend people to check their skin thoroughly for any signs of the tick bite.
If a rash developed around the bite, you need to receive medical assistance immediately. Health officials advise people to stay away from wooded areas and to wear protective clothing when they go outside. Lyme disease won’t become a nightmare if it’s prevented or diagnosed in time.
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