Lyme disease can cause serious issues throughout a patient’s entire body. This is one of the attributes that makes the disease so hard to pin down, and why reliable diagnosis is one of the most obvious problems doctors and patients face. Despite Lyme disease manifesting in all sorts of various ways, one of the areas it primarily affects is the gut. Around 70–80% of our immune system is controlled by our gut and the microbiome (helpful bacteria) contained within it. Lyme has a significant effect on immune regulation and often causes sustained inflammation in its chronic form. Therefore, Lyme disease has a major impact on gut health. This can severely impede recovery, leading to further issues and complications down the line. The subject of Lyme disease and the microbiome is often understudied by most doctors, yet its impact on the disease as a whole is significant.Continue reading “Can Lyme Disease Disrupt The Microbiome?”
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?”
In spite of the fact that Lyme disease cases are growing in number, there is still much confusion about how best to diagnose and treat this complex condition. Caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi, Lyme disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) infected with this bacterium. People who visit a doctor after noticing early symptoms of Lyme disease such as fever, body aches, or a rash resembling a target may receive blood tests to check for antibodies against borrelia burgdorferi. If the tests are positive, patients are generally treated with antibiotics for 10 to 21 days, and many make a full recovery.Continue reading “How Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Boost The Efficacy Of Lyme Disease Treatment”
There are so many reasons why good nutrition is essential to your health. Boasting everything from disease-fighting properties to the ability to help your skin glow, a balanced, clean diet can result in you having an overall healthier system. Good nutrition becomes even more vital if you’re battling a chronic illness like Lyme disease. In this case, your body needs even more assistance in getting all the vitamins and nutrients you require to keep up your strength and even reduce some of your symptoms.Continue reading “6 Reasons Good Nutrition Is A Superpower In The Fight Against Lyme Disease”
Facing down medical insurance when you suffer from Lyme disease can be a scary and complicated affair. Lyme exists in a gray area of medicine, where it is acknowledged and simultaneously unacknowledged. It is also potentially a chronic condition, which means long-term treatments and numerous consultations for patients. On top of that, the treatment path, already guaranteed to be long and arduous, is not always straightforward. Lyme disease can affect patients differently depending on their constitution. Trying to organize medical insurance on top of this can be an extremely stressful affair. This article will break down everything you need to know about Lyme disease and medical insurance, and hopefully help you to feel a little more reassured.Continue reading “Lyme Disease And Medical Insurance: All You Need To Know”