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The Role of NapA Protein On Inflammation In Lyme Patients

Lyme disease occurs when the borrelia bacteria is transmitted from an infected tick. The first signs of infection are similar to that of a flu, and people are often unaware that they have Lyme disease at all. When they do get treated with antibiotics, it has long been thought that the Lyme-causing bacteria could evade detection and continue to cause health problems because of its ability to hide out in tissues. Researchers believe that when this happens, it leads to the host of symptoms and a condition known as post-Lyme disease syndrome.

Post-Lyme disease syndrome can lead to various health effects such as fatigue, restless sleep, aching joints or muscles, cognitive issues (such as speech problems or decreased short-term memory), and swelling in the knees, shoulders, and other large joints. When the borrelia bacteria stays in the body long enough to cause post-Lyme disease syndrome, it can also lead to inflammation that can cause permanent damage if it is left untreated.

Lyme disease has puzzled researchers for years, but new findings may have uncovered a link between a specific protein known as the NapA protein and its role in Lyme-induced inflammation and arthritis. Read on to learn all you need to know about this connection.

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How Long COVID Is Changing The Perception Of Persistent Lyme

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, medical professionals and researchers have begun to notice that recovering from COVID is not as simple as recovering from many other viral infections. The initial symptoms that occur while someone is infected, such as a fever, cough, and fatigue, are all expected – but what many people are still unaware of are the aftereffects of COVID-19.

The fact that certain symptoms can stick around long after recovery from an illness is not a new revelation, though. People who have had Lyme disease know all too well that getting over the initial infection is not always the end of the battle, and people with long COVID are learning this as well. But what is long COVID, exactly? And what does it have to do with Lyme disease?

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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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How To Test For Lyme Arthritis

Lyme disease can lead to many different health conditions. This is because the bacteria that causes Lyme, Borrelia burgdorferi, can hide out in the body’s lymph nodes and tissues and evade treatment from antibiotics, even in cases that are treated early. Unless a Lyme disease infection is detected immediately following the discovery a tick bite, it can also be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms and ailments often mimic those of other diseases.

Lyme disease is often referred to as “the great imitator” because of this fact. Some specific diseases that Lyme disease is often mistaken for include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and depression. In some cases, people with Lyme disease can develop a disease that appears exactly as rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is known as Lyme arthritis.

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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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