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?”
Lyme disease operates insidiously in many ways. The actual mechanism of the disease, which essentially forces the immune system to attack the body, is one significant way. The base statistics, which are currently estimated to be 300,000 new cases a year, are yet another; it’s assumed that there are far more incidences of Lyme out there, due to underreporting and continued misdiagnosis. A third primary way that Lyme disease acts insidiously is that it rarely infects a patient alone. Through a single tick bite, the Lyme causative Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria can potentially be transmitted. However, many other strains of bacteria also have the potential to be transmitted. These are called Lyme co-infections, and one of the most common is known as anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis.Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis?”
Lyme disease has been receiving a lot of media attention lately. Now that spring has arrived in the northern half of the world, people are coming out of the isolation of the cold weather months and venturing into the great outdoors. But people aren’t the only things that come out in droves once warm weather arrives. Ticks have also emerged, and their populations are exploding.Continue reading “Lyme Co-infections: What Is Cytomegalovirus (CMV)?”
Spring is finally here. As the temperature climbs and the days lengthen, leaves are unfurling and flowers are beginning to bloom. After a long and bleak winter, the northern half of the world is suddenly exploding with color.
Unfortunately, the arrival of spring means another kind of explosion is happening: the tick population is suddenly increasing as recently-laid eggs start to hatch. Particularly problematic for humans are black-legged ticks, also known as deer or Ixodes ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease and other infections with a single bite.Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Babesiosis?”
When you look at statistics on Lyme disease, it becomes clear that this illness is a rapidly growing threat to public health. Results of studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that around 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States every year. Since these studies rely on surveillance systems that don’t account for every illness, and because only a fraction of Lyme disease cases are reported, these numbers only begin to scratch the surface of the impact this illness is having across the country.Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is The Epstein-Barr Virus”