Experts have known about the existence of Lyme co-infections for a long time now. Unfortunately, many patients and frontline doctors do not. This severely compounds their ability to treat Lyme patients, especially when Lyme itself is considered something of a grey area in mainstream medicine. In 2019, Lyme disease stands at an awkward crossroads. Nobody is debating that it exists; the data on it is simply too overwhelming. The subject of contention is related to the different phases of the disease. The acute phase is accepted, while the chronic phase remains unacknowledged by much of the medical community. Regrettably for patients, the chronic stage is easily the most debilitating, and the most difficult to treat. The issue of co-infections regularly gets lost among the primary debate, but to tackle the main disease effectively, you must also address this significant element of overall Lyme.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For B. miyamotoi: How It Works”
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?”
As human beings, we are exposed to numerous bacteria and viruses every day. Usually our immune systems do a pretty good job of protecting us from this onslaught of potential invaders, but it’s not perfect. One of the ways bacteria catch an immune system off guard is when they’re transmitted through tick bites. In these cases, the pathogens are transmitted directly to the bloodstream of the host as the tick feeds. This can potentially be quite damaging, as many different strains of bacteria can be transferred simultaneously, depending on the tick. One of the most prominent of these is Lyme disease, caused by the transference of the Borrelia bacteria. But there are plenty of other, less well-known pathogens waiting in the wings. One of these is called ehrlichia bacteria. But what are the symptoms of ehrlichia bacteria infection? And is there a connection with Lyme?Continue reading “What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected With Ehrlichia Bacteria”
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”
As springtime approaches, you’ll probably find yourself getting more eager to spend time in the great outdoors. However, more time in nature increases your risk of getting bitten by a tick – which could lead to you contracting Lyme disease. Here’s the info you’ll need to know about when tick season starts and what you can do to protect yourself against tick bites and Lyme disease.Continue reading “When Does Tick Season Start? 7 Ways To Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease”