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Can Lyme Disease Affect Your Vision?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the borrelia bacteria. When a person is bitten and fed on by a tick carrying the bacteria, it transfers into the bloodstream and then makes its way throughout the body. Because of its ability to evade detection, the borrelia bacteria can easily make its way into tissues, joints, and organs.

In some cases, catching a Lyme infection early and treating it with antibiotics is enough to rid the bacteria from the body. However, other times people aren’t so lucky, and they end up with persistent symptoms that last for months or even years after they’ve come into contact with the bacteria. Lyme disease is complex, and because of this, medical scientists are still unsure why some people can fully recover while others deal with lingering symptoms long after treatment. So what areas can Lyme impact? Can Lyme disease affect your vision?

Read on to learn more about Lyme disease and its symptoms, including how it can affect your eyesight.

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5 Tips To Manage Lyme Arthritis This Winter

Lyme disease is a complicated bacterial infection. Lyme patients may experience a plethora of different symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, fatigue, numbness in the arms and legs, dizziness, and joint pain and swelling. In some cases, taking antibiotics can rid the bacteria from the body and return it to its formal health. In others, the symptoms that develop from the infection persist long after treatment.

When the joints are affected by Lyme disease, it is referred to as Lyme arthritis. Lyme arthritis can develop as early as one to a few months after contracting the bacteria from an infected tick. There is no way to definitively tell whether a person will recover after treatment or if the symptoms will stick around. For those unlucky enough to develop persistent Lyme arthritis, coping with the symptoms is the only way to deal with them.

Let’s learn some more about this condition, and investigate some top tips to manage Lyme arthritis in winter and beyond.

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How Is Lyme Neuropathy Treated?

Lyme disease is a complicated infection that has the power to affect various bodily systems. The bacteria that cause Lyme infiltrate the body via the bloodstream and can camp out in joints, tissues, and other areas to evade detection by antibiotics and the body’s defenses. When Lyme manages to cause harm because of its invasion technique, people can experience debilitating symptoms that range in severity and presentation.  

Some areas of the body that can be affected negatively by Lyme bacteria include the central and peripheral nervous systems. These systems are designed to connect the brain with the rest of the body and send nerve signals that play a role in bodily functions, motor skills, and much more. When Lyme disease affects the nervous system, it is referred to as Lyme neuropathy. But what is Lyme neuropathy, exactly? And how is Lyme neuropathy treated? Read on to learn more.

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Lyme Disease & Fibromyalgia: An Overview

Lyme disease is a tricky bacterial infection. While it can be treated using antibiotics, many people who contract it go on to develop symptoms long after treatment. This is referred to as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). This chronic version of Lyme can affect up to 20% of individuals who get the disease. For those who develop PTLDS, chronic symptoms include pain, fatigue, and cognitive impairment.

Many other health disorders present similarly to chronic Lyme disease. The symptoms are often so similar that Lyme disease has earned the nickname “the great imitator.” New research has begun to shed light on how Lyme disease affects the body, with some finding that there may be more of a connection between Lyme disease and other chronic diseases than once thought. One of those diseases is fibromyalgia. But what is fibromyalgia, exactly? And how is it connected to Lyme disease?

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16 Worst States For Lyme Disease In The US

Lyme disease has become a severe problem in the United States because of the rampant tick population. The bacterial infection infects half a million people each year in the country. With that many people contracting Lyme disease, it’s hard to feel safe while out in wooded areas where the ticks are the most likely to be. 

That being said, ticks are not prevalent in every state. Some areas in the US carry a much higher risk than others when coming into contact with infected ticks and contracting the difficult-to-treat Lyme disease infection. But what states are the worst for Lyme disease, and what can you do if you live in these areas?  

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