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”
We are slowly coming to understand the full implications of Lyme disease, but it might be too little too late. The tick-borne infection is on the brink of becoming a worldwide pandemic, if it hasn’t already. Hard data on Lyme is extremely difficult to ascertain, as many thousands of cases go unreported or misdiagnosed every year. Despite this, Lyme is more visible than it has ever been in 2019. More people are aware of the dangers and how Lyme disease is transferred to humans. However, the persistent issue of co-infections has continuously flown under the radar. One of the most prominent of these is named chlamydia pneumoniae. But what is chlamydia pneumoniae, exactly? And what is the relationship between chlamydia pneumoniae and Lyme disease?Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Chlamydia Pneumoniae?”
Several species of bacteria in the genus Yersinia are known to cause infections in humans. These illnesses can be referred to by the collective name yersiniosis.Continue reading “What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected with Yersinia Bacteria”
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”