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Can Exposure To Mold Disrupt Lyme Treatment?

Treatment of Lyme disease can be an uphill battle. This is largely due to the fact that when the Lyme-causing Borrelia bacteria infiltrates the body, it can lay dormant and remain untouched by antibiotics, lying in wait to wreak havoc at a later date. This can hinder treatment, even if it is sought early.

Mold exposure is another dangerous condition, though of a different type to Lyme disease. Generally speaking, mold exposure affects people differently and with varying degrees of severity. But what happens when someone with Lyme disease comes in contact with mold? Can exposure to mold disrupt Lyme treatment, and if so, how?

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3 Ways Mold Can Influence Immune Response

Mold is a type of fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. When the spores make their way into the air, they can be ingested. For some people, inhaling mold spores won’t elicit any sort of response. It’s unclear why mold affects some more than others, but those living with a weakened immune system, respiratory illness, allergies, or asthma can all experience negative health effects from exposure to mold spores.

The health effects caused by mold growth occur because of the organic compounds it releases into the air, including allergens, irritants and mycotoxins. In areas where excessive moisture and dampness is an issue, the number of irritants released through an overgrowth of mold can increase, leading to further exposure and possible side effects.

So, what are the ways mold can influence immune response? Immune function is compromised by overexposure to mold in several ways:

  • The disruption of proper cytokine production
  • Mast cell activation
  • Eliciting an allergic reaction within the body, leading to further illness
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What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Epstein-Barr?

Rare diseases are often hard to diagnose and treat due to a general lack of firsthand knowledge among medical professionals. Since there is a lower chance of seeing these types of diseases, many medical professionals are not entirely familiar with the way the signs and symptoms present or the most effective methods of treatment.

One such rare disease that can be hard to pin down is Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus (CAEBV). Typically, as many as 95% of people will catch the Epstein-Barr virus in their lifetime, but not many will typically find themselves battling Chronic Epstein-Barr. The latter form is considered a rare disease, even though the virus itself is highly common.

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The Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency And Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can cause a multitude of health issues. Once the Borrelia bacteria enters the body, it can hide out in tissues, evading detection from the antibiotics meant to treat the infection. Chronic Lyme disease can be debilitating, and many people with the condition experience coinfections caused by immune suppression, inflammation, and vitamin deficiencies.

Vitamin D deficiency and Lyme disease often go hand in hand for a few reasons. One possible reason is that people with Lyme disease may be ill to the point where they aren’t able to get outside as much, thus lowering their opportunity to gather vitamin D from the sun. But can Lyme disease cause low vitamin D? Let’s investigate.

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7 Common Nutritional Deficiencies In Patients With Chronic Lyme Disease

Lyme disease patients often find themselves dealing with a plethora of chronic health ailments, making their day-to-day life arduous. From chronic widespread pain and inflammation to fatigue and cognitive decline, the overall health of someone with Lyme disease is heavily compromised.

Lyme disease can also lead to nutritional deficiencies that, if left unchecked, could progress to worsening of symptoms or new coinfections altogether. Many vitamins are lowered in people with Lyme disease, but there are some that can help battle the chronic symptoms associated with the condition.

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