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Will Mold Exposure Show Up In Bloodwork?

Mold is a form of fungus that thrives in warm and damp areas. In homes, mold can grow in places where these conditions are met, such as in bathrooms, basements, or even behind drywall on the home’s wooden frame if it gets wet. Mold can often go undetected because of where it grows, so mold exposure can occur to people without them even realizing it. 

While mold exposure can harm your health, that’s not always the case. There are various types of mold, some of which are considered toxic. Even so, not all people will experience the effects of mold exposure. For example, one person may feel ill while another experiences no symptoms. 

So what are the adverse effects of mold exposure, exactly? And will mold exposure show up in bloodwork? 

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Are Lyme Disease Symptoms Cyclical?

Since Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, many assume it’s simple to treat: you take antibiotics, and the bacteria die. However, that is not always the case. While some people can treat their Lyme disease with no issue, many go on to suffer long-term consequences from the infection. A condition known as post-Lyme disease syndrome affects many people, meaning they continue to experience Lyme disease symptoms long after treatment has occurred. 

Lyme disease symptoms are not fun to deal with and can even cause permanent damage to various areas of the body. But how exactly do symptoms develop? And are Lyme disease symptoms cyclical or constant? 

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How To Differentiate Bell’s Palsy From Lyme-Related Facial Palsy

Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator” because its symptoms can be easily mistaken for those of other conditions. There are three stages of a Lyme infection, all of which present with various ailments comparable to well-known disorders. For example, during the first stage of the disease, people experience symptoms that resemble the flu. 

As Lyme advances to Stage 2, symptoms that resemble heart problems can be present. Late-stage Lyme disease, or Stage 3 of the infection, can present similarly to arthritis, vertigo, cognitive disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of its ability to appear as something else entirely, it isn’t easy to diagnose Lyme. 

One other condition that Lyme disease can mimic is Bell’s palsy. But what is Bell’s palsy, and what symptoms occur in Lyme disease that present in a similar manner? Read on to learn how to differentiate Bell’s palsy from Lyme-related facial palsy.

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Complications Of Lyme Carditis

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection with various symptoms depending on the stage. When people contract Lyme disease after being bitten by an infected tick, they enter Stage 1. In this stage, flu-like symptoms and a bulls-eye rash surrounding the tick bite develop. 

After one to four weeks of an untreated Lyme infection, the body progresses into Stage 2, which is early disseminated disease. At this point, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has begun to spread to other areas of the body. 

The bacteria is a good traveler and can make its way to organs, joints, muscles, and tissues. One vital organ that Lyme bacteria can infect is the heart. When that happens, a condition known as Lyme carditis develops. But what is Lyme carditis, and what can happen to a person if they develop it? Read on to learn about the various complications of Lyme carditis.

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The Role Of Anti-Inflammatory Foods In Lyme Recovery

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is treated using antibiotics. However, treatment doesn’t always work to rid the body of all the bacteria that causes Lyme. Antibiotics can only do so much, and fragments of the bacteria can remain within the body’s tissues. Those remaining fragments keep alerting the body to a foreign pathogen, which it aims to fight off. When that happens, inflammation occurs.

Inflammation is a normal part of the immune response. The body uses inflammation to alert the immune system that something is wrong. Inflammation also helps with the healing process. Without a proper inflammatory response, the body’s immune system doesn’t act appropriately.

But with Lyme disease, that inflammation can get out of hand, causing more harm than good. However, there are ways to treat Lyme inflammation and curb the negative impacts it can have on overall health. One such way is through diet, so let’s take a look at the role of anti-inflammatory foods in Lyme recovery.

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