With Lyme disease visibility on the rise, there is much higher awareness of the real dangers this disease presents than there was ten years ago. Reported Lyme cases are going up every year, although this could potentially be attributed to the disease becoming more widely known. Lyme disease is quite easy to prevent, as we know exactly where it comes from and how to stop it; the causative bacteria (Borrelia) is transmitted to humans via tick bite, and in the early stages, the disease is easily treatable via antibiotics. If the acute Lyme window is missed, however, the chronic stage will inevitably develop some time after. Chronic Lyme is much more complicated to diagnose and treat, not least because the symptoms present differently for every patient.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Ehrlichia: How It Works”
What is Bartonella Bacteria?
There are several different species of Bartonella bacteria, which are small intracellular parasites that cause the illness bartonellosis. They infect red blood cells, macrophages (a type of white blood cell), and endothelial cells.Continue reading “What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Infected with Bartonella Bacteria”
You may not have heard of babesiosis; it’s a rare condition that is spread specifically through ticks. However, despite the strangely endearing-sounding name, the disease can potentially be life-threatening and should be taken extremely seriously. It produces symptoms quite similar to malaria, and is caused by microscopic parasites which invade red blood cells. Animals have been found to carry many different strains of babesiosis, with only a few of those strains being detected in humans. Babesiosis is also notorious as a prominent Lyme co-infection. Both diseases can be transmitted simultaneously through a single tick bite. Because Lyme disease is often the main cause for concern, a test for babesiosis can often be overlooked. However, it’s important to eradicate Lyme and its co-infections concurrently, making the testing and diagnostic stage crucial.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Babesiosis: How It Works”
What is the Babesia Parasite?
Babesia is a single-celled parasite that infects the red blood cells. The most common strain known to cause illness in the United States is Babesia microti. Infection with Babesia is called babesiosis.Continue reading “What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected with the Babesia Parasite”
Lyme has increased in visibility lately, with hundreds of thousands of new cases being confirmed every year. However, we still know comparatively little about this potentially devastating disease. We know there are two distinct forms of it, acute and chronic, and we know that the former is easily treatable while the latter is not. We also know that the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread exclusively through tick bites. Most people correctly associate Lyme with tick bites. But comparatively few are aware of the complications that co-infections can cause. Mycoplasma pneumoniae is one of the more prominent co-infections that can infect simultaneously with Lyme disease, and its multi-faced symptoms can be severely debilitating for patients.Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Mycoplasma Pneumoniae?”