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What Autoimmune Diseases Are Associated With Lyme?

Lyme disease can develop in people who are bitten by a tick infected with the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria. It takes roughly 24–36 hours for the tick to pass on the infectious bacteria to humans through feeding. Once that happens, the bacterium goes through the body, potentially affecting multiple aspects of overall health (including triggering several autoimmune diseases associated with Lyme).

There are over 40 symptoms associated with Lyme disease, all of which can present in a severe and debilitating manner. Diagnosing and treating Lyme disease comes with its own challenges because it can present similarly to other diseases. In some cases, post-treatment symptoms can still occur. The bacteria can evade the immune system well, leading to long-term infectious and adverse health effects.

While Lyme disease can cause severe health issues and permanent damage to tissues, organs, and joints, new research is shedding light on what other detrimental effects a Lyme infection can have. Researchers have found a connection with one specific type of disease, known as autoimmune disease. But what autoimmune diseases are associated with Lyme, and why does the bacterial infection drive the onset of these diseases in otherwise healthy individuals? Let’s investigate.

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How Can You Identify Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It’s normal to feel tired sometimes. With everyday obligations around work, home life, and personal wellness practices, it’s no wonder that many teenagers and adults feel as though they’re exhausted more often than not. That said, there is a difference between feeling tired because of a hectic schedule and feeling tired for seemingly no reason. Chronic tiredness or fatigue is often downplayed or dismissed as a symptom of today’s modern world. But for many people, there is something deeper underneath the surface causing those excessive feelings of fatigue. One such example of this is chronic fatigue syndrome. But what exactly is this condition, and how do you identify chronic fatigue syndrome? Let’s investigate.

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How Do You Get Rid Of Brain Fog From Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a dangerous condition. The tick-borne illness can affect the entire body, including its most vital organs, such as the heart and brain. When a person first contracts the bacteria after being fed on by an infected tick, they will cycle through some flu-like symptoms. If they receive prompt treatment, that may be the end of it. However, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome can develop in anyone who has had the infection, and when that happens, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can cause even more damage. Brain fog is one symptom that can develop in people with Lyme disease. But what is brain fog, exactly? And how can you get rid of brain fog from Lyme disease?

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Can Lyme Disease Give You Brain Fog?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The disease is transmitted through tick bites. When a tick with the bacteria latches onto a human host to feed on their blood, it transmits the bacteria into the bloodstream. From there, the bacteria have free reign over the entire body and can move into tissues long-term. But can Lyme disease give you brain fog or other cognitive symptoms?

Typically, Lyme disease presents with mild flu-like symptoms early on, alongside a bullseye rash around the tick bite. After those symptoms pass, the bacteria can cause other health issues as they freely roam into the joints, central nervous system, and brain. When the infection spreads, it can lead to many symptoms that affect brain health, including brain fog. But what is the connection between Lyme disease and brain fog, and can it be treated?

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Acute Vs Chronic: How Best To Apply ELISpot Results During Different Stages Of Illness

Lyme disease can be challenging to diagnose in some cases because of the way it affects the body. Initially, people may develop flu-like symptoms without realizing they have contracted Lyme disease. If that occurs, the bacterial infection will continue to take hold within the body, causing further health issues (acute vs chronic Lyme differ in the problems they may cause).

People who know they have Lyme disease early on can take a course of antibiotics, and there’s a good chance this will rid the body of bacteria.  That said, no two cases of Lyme disease are ever the same. The infection can progress at different stages depending on how long ago a person contracted it. Many times, the plethora of symptoms that develop because of Lyme disease mimic other health disorders and conditions. Called the “great imitator,” and sometimes undetectable by early signs alone, Lyme disease requires new testing is needed to ensure that when a person contracts it, they can be diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively.

One specific test, the ELISpot test, can be used in the diagnostic process for Lyme disease. But what is an ELISpot test, and can it detect Lyme disease at all stages? Let’s investigate.

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