Lyme Disease Symptoms and Signs by anamaulida


									A September 17, 2010 article in Australia's Port Macquarie News confirmed
that Lyme disease has arrived in Australia, a first for the nation. Two
patients of Dr. Peter Mayne, a general practitioner, had tissue samples
sent out for DNA analysis, and they returned positive for the bacteria
that causes the disease.Though there is debate as to whether ticks
carrying Lyme even exist in Australia, these cases, as well as the case
of a Sydney man who was shown to have been suffering from Lyme disease
after he died show that even in areas of the world far removed from Lyme,
Connecticut, where the disease was first identified, must be vigilant
when it comes to tick bites.Lyme disease symptoms usually include fever,
headaches, joint aches, and general tiredness early in the disease, and
the vague nature of these symptoms makes The disease is somewhat hard to
diagnose unless the typical "bullseye" rash is present as well. Another
problem is that the screening test for Lyme does return false positives
in some cases. In those cases, another, more expensive, test is done, the
Western Blot test, which can determine whether the disease is in fact
present.If Lyme disease is allowed to progress, it can spread throughout
the bloodstream and affect not only the joints, but the brain and heart
as well.Fortunately, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can usually be
wiped out fairly easily with antibiotics. Unfortunately, the symptoms of
the disease can persist even after the bacteria has been eradicated.Some
studies show that persistent symptoms of Lyme disease take hold in
anywhere from 0.5% to 13% of patients, and the treatment of these ongoing
Lyme symptoms is somewhat controversial. That is because many physicians
are ill-equipped to manage symptoms in the absence of a definable cause,
such as the bacteria that causes the disease.This means that in many of
these cases, patients must educate themselves (and sometimes their health
care providers, if they can) about what is going on, and must take
control of getting their symptoms managed so they can make a full
recovery and return to good health.While most cases of the disease occur
in North America - particularly in New England and the northwest - the
discovery of the cases in Australia shows that everyone should be
concerned about preventing tick bites and monitoring the healing of tick
bites once ticks are removed.In North America, the deer population is
expanding, and human development is edging every closer to their natural
habitats. A single deer can carry hundreds of the ticks, and just one
female tick can lay 2,000 or more eggs.Complicating matters further, is
that these ticks are very tiny, about the size of the period at the end
of this sentence. They also tend to hide on humans in hard to see places
such as behind the knees, in the groin region, and in the armpits.Anyone
who has been in areas where deer live should thoroughly scan themselves
for ticks afterward, with the help of another person if necessary. Deer
ticks have to remain attached for awhile to spread the disease to humans,
so it is important to remove them as soon as they are discovered.Don't
take chances with Lyme disease symptoms. The long term risks of the
disease are serious, and include cardiac and neurological damage.

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