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How To Preserve A Tick For Medical Testing

In the summer months, with the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, ticks are out in full swing looking for their next meal. Normally, ticks like to feed on small rodents, cattle animals, and deer; however, if a human happens to make it into their area, they’ll latch on and feed without any issue. The problem is that some ticks carry infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rickettsia.

Taking precautions against being bitten by a tick is the first line of defense against the harmful infections they carry. Wearing light-colored, baggy clothes and wearing a bug spray with DEET are both helpful ways to prevent a bite. However, even the most tick-conscious people can fall victim to these dangerous little creatures. If you do happen to find a tick on you after spending some time in the great outdoors, it’s important that you know how to properly remove the tick, and what to do with it to get it tested for disease.

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Patterns Of IgG And IgM Antibody Response In Infection-Driven Illness

The body’s first line of defense is the immune system. When pathogens enter the body, cells within the immune system target them to help the body fight them off and avoid illness. There are three categories of immune cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, and monocytes/macrophages. Each group of cells has its own respective tasks to do when the body is fighting off an invader.

The immune system also contains certain proteins that help protect the body even further. These include cytokines, complement proteins, and antibodies. Antibodies, in particular, are tasked with hunting down viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens so they can mark them for other cells to find and destroy. Essentially, antibodies are the hunters of the immune system.

There are five types of antibodies that work for the immune system’s search-and-destroy task force, so to speak. Below, we’ll discuss two specific types: IgM and IgG.

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Pet Safety: Our 5-Point Guide To Protecting Your Pet From Ticks This Summer

It’s summertime, and that means people will be spending more time outside. With warmer temperatures, sunnier days, and time to spend in nature, getting out in the great outdoors is on a lot of people’s summer to-do list. But while families and their pets are out to play, so are all the insects that have been missing throughout the winter months. While many people do their best to avoid these critters, sometimes it can next to impossible to steer clear when you’re exploring the places they call home.

The summer months are also a time when ticks come out to feed. During tick season, the risk of getting bitten are much higher. The problem lies in ticks that are infected with diseases such as Lyme disease. When a tick bites you or your pet, it can transmit Lyme disease, which can make both humans and animals ill. There are ways to keep yourself and your pets safe this summer season, though. Read on for our handy guide to protecting your pet from ticks.

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The Impact Of Lyme And Mold On The Digestive Tract

Lyme disease can wreak havoc on various bodily systems. If the bacterial infection isn’t treated promptly, it can lead to chronic health issues that can last for years. Mold toxicity occurs when a person who is exposed to mold experiences symptoms from the exposure. Although not all people who come into contact with mold will come down with mold toxicity, those who do can experience respiratory and neurological symptoms if it is not addressed.

Those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to symptoms from mold exposure, and Lyme disease can hinder the immune system’s ability to function. When a person contracts Lyme disease and develops mold toxicity, the combination of the two health issues can be devastating for various parts of the body, including the digestive tract.

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Balance Problems?

Lyme disease often goes unreported because of the way its symptoms can mimic other health conditions. The borrelia bacteria, the culprit behind Lyme disease, is spread through tick bites. When a person contracts the illness, it can be treated with antibiotics, but if that doesn’t happen swiftly, the bacteria will make its way throughout the body, camping out in tissue and joints in an effort to evade the medication designed to kill it.

When the bacteria escapes detection, it can affect the entire body, including the heart, joints, muscles, central nervous system, and even the eyes. The prognosis for Lyme disease recovery varies based on several factors, with the main factor being how long it took to receive treatment. The symptoms caused by the disease will also need to be addressed – some of which may be neurological in nature. So can Lyme disease cause balance problems?

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