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Can Lyme Disease Cause PANDAS?

Lyme disease can affect both physical and mental health in various ways. The disease, transmitted by infected ticks, is caused by the borrelia bacteria. When Lyme disease is not treated promptly, it can lead to health issues such as cognitive decline, joint pain and inflammation, arthritic conditions, and nervous system issues. Lyme disease has also been associated with the onset or worsening of other health conditions.

If a child contracts Lyme disease, they can also develop a condition known as PANDAS. But what is PANDAS, exactly? And can Lyme disease cause PANDAS directly?

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How To Identify PANDAS In Children

PANDAS is the acronym for the health condition known as “pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus”. It is a syndrome that can occur after a child contracts an infection caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

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Is Epstein-Barr An Autoimmune Disorder?

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is part of the herpesvirus family of viruses, and is otherwise known as human herpesvirus 4. It is incredibly common, and many people will have been infected with the virus at some point in their lives without knowing it. The most notable condition that can be associated with an Epstein-Barr virus infection is mononucleosis, or mono, otherwise known as the “kissing disease”.

Epstein-Barr can be contracted in a variety of different ways, the most common being through bodily fluids such as saliva. However, it can also be transmitted sexually through semen and blood. Other less common ways to contract the virus include organ transplants and blood transfusions. It is categorized as a virus, but is Epstein-Barr an autoimmune disorder, too?

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