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The Future Of Genome Editing & Lyme Disease

When thinking about insects and disease, many people may not initially consider ticks. However, ticks can spread Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and anaplasmosis. These conditions can be difficult to diagnose, treat, and manage, especially Lyme disease.

Research is constantly bringing to light new information about the biology of ticks and how they spread disease, and this insight can be used to further aid in the prevention of tick-borne disease cases across the globe. One particular group of researchers have sought to understand the tick further through genome editing. So what’s in store for the future of genome editing and Lyme disease? Read on to learn more.

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Trigger Points?

Lyme disease is known for its capacity to wreak havoc on the entire body, especially if it isn’t treated early. This is because the borrelia bacteria has a particular way of setting up shop deep within the body’s and evading immune cells and antibiotic treatment. In some cases, treating Lyme disease early can lead to a full recovery. In others, even people who have treated their Lyme disease can end up with what is known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. If the infection is left untreated for too long, irreparable damage can be done within the body.

While symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue are commonly associated with Lyme disease, the condition can also affect many other aspects of the body such as the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and the musculoskeletal system. When the musculoskeletal system is attacked, for example, it can lead to pain and inflammation in the joints, tendons, bones, and muscles. So can Lyme disease cause trigger points as well? Read on to learn more.

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Musculoskeletal Symptoms Of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the borrelia bacteria and is contracted when a person is bitten by an infected tick. When the bacteria makes its way into the body, it travels throughout the bloodstream, causing damage that may lead to various symptoms and ailments. At first the bacteria typically causes flu-like symptoms, but all systems in the body can become affected by a Lyme infection.

One such system that can be negatively affected by Lyme is the musculoskeletal system and all areas of the body that are part of it. But what is the musculoskeletal system, exactly, and how does the borrelia bacteria infiltrate it and cause damage? Read on to learn all you need to know about the potential musculoskeletal symptoms of Lyme disease.

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5 Ways Lyme Disease Can Affect Eyesight

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can affect the body as a whole, as well as its individual parts. The bacteria that causes the infection can camp out in tissues for a long time, making it that much more difficult to get rid of. Even with treatment, some bacteria may stay out of reach, biding its time to come back out and cause illness all over again. This is why it can be hard to determine if Lyme disease has been treated successfully or if new symptoms are developing because of an old Lyme infection.

The symptoms most associated with a Lyme disease infection, such as flu-like symptoms, a rash, and joint aches and pains, are often present in early infection. However, late-stage Lyme disease can come with a host of various symptoms that are not always seen in every patient. So can Lyme disease affect eyesight, for example? And if so, how?

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Connection Between Lyme Disease & The Vagus Nerve

Lyme disease has the power to affect the body in various ways. When the borrelia bacteria, which causes Lyme disease, makes its way into the bloodstream from the bite of an infected tick, it travels throughout the body, settling in tissues, joints, the heart, and throughout the nervous system.

Because the bacteria can easily go undetected, Lyme disease is often hard to treat and can leave lasting symptoms. In the worst cases, the infection can lead to permanent damage to the joints and other areas of the body. Recent research has investigated chronic Lyme and the vagus nerve to see if there is any connection. But what is the vagus nerve, and can it actually be affected by Lyme disease?

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