Lyme co-infections are not often talked about, but for many patients, they can be a significant component of the disease. Co-infections are infections passed through simultaneously with Lyme, from the same tick bite. Ticks can be carriers of a variety of different bacteria strains, each of them causing different conditions once they infiltrate the host’s system. They can also compound the symptoms of Lyme; some of them add to existing symptoms, while others create new ones. Unfortunately, many doctors are oblivious to the effects and sometimes even existence of Lyme co-infections, and don’t realize the importance of treating all infections together. One of the more recent co-infections discovered stems from bacteria called B. miyamotoi.Continue reading “What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected With B. miyamotoi Bacteria”
Experts have known about the existence of Lyme co-infections for a long time now. Unfortunately, many patients and frontline doctors do not. This severely compounds their ability to treat Lyme patients, especially when Lyme itself is considered something of a grey area in mainstream medicine. In 2019, Lyme disease stands at an awkward crossroads. Nobody is debating that it exists; the data on it is simply too overwhelming. The subject of contention is related to the different phases of the disease. The acute phase is accepted, while the chronic phase remains unacknowledged by much of the medical community. Regrettably for patients, the chronic stage is easily the most debilitating, and the most difficult to treat. The issue of co-infections regularly gets lost among the primary debate, but to tackle the main disease effectively, you must also address this significant element of overall Lyme.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For B. miyamotoi: How It Works”
What is Yersinia?
Yersinia is a genus of bacteria associated with a number of medical conditions. Several species of Yersinia can infect humans and bring about a variety of symptoms.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Yersinia: How It Works”
Bartonellosis doesn’t refer to one specific disorder, but rather a collection of diseases caused by the various members of the Bartonella strain of bacteria. These bacteria are primarily transmitted to humans and animals by vectors, which include ticks, lice, fleas, and flies. People can also catch the disease through previously infected domesticated or wild animals. The most common form a Bartonella infection takes is known as cat scratch fever, a name obviously derived from the method of contraction. But there is also a link between bartonellosis and Lyme disease, as the former is a prominent co-infection of the latter. So what exactly are the symptoms of bartonellosis, and how is the infection tested and treated for? And is there a surefire way to identify the disease?Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Bartonellosis: How It Works”
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”