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Are Lyme Disease Symptoms Worse In Winter?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 30,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. However, that number is estimated to be much higher (as high as 475,000 cases). The reason for the vast difference in statistics is likely due to the way national surveillance records the cases – the smaller number of cases is simply what is reported to the CDC, not the exact total number of cases documented.

Either way, too many people are affected by the disease in the US, especially considering the long-term consequences of Lyme disease and the dire strain it can put on a person’s health. With Lyme disease, many people often experience symptoms that mimic other conditions and can last long after treatment. These symptoms have the potential to be debilitating. But does the season affect how severe Lyme disease can be? Are Lyme disease symptoms worse in winter? Let’s investigate.

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Do Winter Ticks Carry Lyme Disease?

When people think of tick season, they tend to picture warm days spent hiking in the woods. While spring and summer are typically referred to as “tick season,” the truth is that ticks can be active all year round. This is because there are many different types of ticks that thrive in different conditions.

For example: the black-legged tick is mainly thought to be active during the warmer seasons, but can survive in temperatures that are just above freezing. Other types of ticks – mainly the Gulf Cost tick and the Lone Star tick – are also both fairly active in the winter months.

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Don’t Let Your Guard Down: Prevalence Of Ticks In Fall

Now that summer is over, many people may be breathing a sigh of relief that tick season is over. But unfortunately, the end of summer does not mean the end of the tick threat – ticks can still live throughout the fall. It’s important not to let your guard down as the season changes, as this may open you up to an increased risk of being bitten by a tick infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

The fall often leads to a drop in temperature, which may give people a false sense of security since ticks thrive in warmer temperatures. However, in many places, fall temperatures aren’t as low as they need to be for tick populations to die down and become a lesser threat to people living or spending time in wooded areas. So how does fall weather affect tick populations, exactly? And why should you continue to practice safety measures even in the cooler weather? Read on for all you need to know about the prevalence of ticks in fall.

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5 Ways To Fight Seasonal Fatigue In Fall

With cooler weather rolling in throughout fall, many people feel the effects of the seasonal changes. While most people notice the obvious signs like colder temperatures and less sunlight, some not-so-obvious effects can linger – and actually become detrimental to your overall health.

For example, when the seasons change, the body’s internal clock may become imbalanced. During the changes of light and temperature, the body has to adjust, and this adjustment isn’t easy on everybody. It can cause many symptoms, one of which is fatigue. So what are some ways to fight seasonal fatigue this fall? Read on to find out.

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