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What Time of Year Are Ticks Most Prevalent in America?

Want to keep your family safe from getting bitten by ticks? It’s important that you’re taking steps to protect them all year round. There are differences between when ticks are most active, so read on for all the info you’ll need about when ticks are the most prevalent and what you should do to prevent yourself from getting bitten.

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Lyme And Its Co-Infections: How To Treat This Tick-Borne Disease

Cases of Lyme disease continue to increase across the globe, positioning the tick-borne disease as a verifiable crisis. Treating the disease appears to be something of a mystic art; many doctors don’t know how to handle Lyme at all, and are ill-informed about its symptoms and treatment plans. This is not entirely their fault, as Lyme disease continues to be one of the most controversial disorders out there. While its existence is accepted across the world, the CDC has repeatedly failed to legitimize chronic Lyme, an entirely different variant of the disease when compared to acute Lyme. On top of this, Lyme can often come hand-in-hand with a series of co-infections, originating from the one tick bite. These complicate the diagnostic process, and can often compound the original Lyme disease symptoms. So how exactly do we treat this debilitating disorder?

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Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?

Because Lyme disease is not a widely well-known condition, it’s likely that people have a lot of questions about tick bites and contracting infections. Here’s a breakdown to help educate you about the steps you should take to protect you and your family from Lyme disease.  Continue reading “Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?”

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Why Maine Is The Worst State For Lyme Disease

Although Lyme disease is a prevalent disorder all over America, and has turned up cases in every mainland state, the North East is particularly associated with Lyme – and with good reason: it’s a hotbed of deer ticks, the insects that are the sole transmitters of Lyme-inducing bacteria. The disease is becoming something of an epidemic as it’s so difficult to treat properly and diagnose, and while it was previously thought that you could only contract Lyme by visiting certain states, it’s now known that you can contract it anywhere in the U.S., making it all the more dangerous for citizens everywhere. On top of that, the “North East exclusivity” myth makes it harder for doctors in other parts of the country to diagnose Lyme, as they don’t consider it when approaching the symptoms. Despite this, there’s no smoke without fire; a recent poll put Maine as the number one worst state for Lyme disease.

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Which State Has the Highest Percentage of Lyme?

While Lyme was previously considered an entirely Northeastern phenomenon, the bad news for U.S. citizens everywhere is that it has spread to all 49 states of the American mainland, excluding Hawaii. This is a concerning increase of a very dangerous disease that is yet to be taken seriously by the majority of medical professionals all over the country. Many people are still uninformed about the perils of Lyme disease, especially chronic Lyme, which can mutate and transform its symptoms as it entrenches itself deeper in the patient’s body, sometimes laying dormant for years before finally emerging. Continue reading “Which State Has the Highest Percentage of Lyme?”