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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Lyme disease - Cause and Symptoms

Lyme disease is caused by ticks; mainly the black legged tick or deer tick as it is called as well. These spider-like critters are no bigger then the head of a pin which makes them hard to detect.

They feed on blood and grow up to many times their original size during feeding. It is also then when the Lyme disease is being transferred and the quicker the tick is removed, the lesser the chance you end up with it.

When bitten by one of these ticks, you can develop some of the following symptoms:

- A Rash.
This usually appears after several days of the bite and it looks like a red ring around the site where the bite occurred. It can be small, but rashes up to 12 inches have been reported as well.

- Flu-like symptoms.
With this rash you could experience fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and headaches.

- Migratory joint pain.
In case the infection is not treated in an early stage, it can progress to the joints. Swelling and severe joint pain can occur weeks or even moths later. Knees are the main target, but it can also manifest itself randomly in other joints.

- Neurological problems.
Sometimes you can develop inflammation of the membranes which surround your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs and muscles, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and changes in mood or sleeping habits. These can occur weeks, months or even years later after the bite, in case the infection was not treated.

Irregular heartbeat, eye inflammation, hepatitis and severe fatigue are less common, but very well possible.

You may not get Lyme disease after a tick bite, but as soon as you show any of the signs or symptoms described above then don't wait and see a doctor immediately. Even when the symptoms disappear; go! This will save you a lot of pain and grieve in the future.

God has many ways of drawing us close and as soon as we experience those signs, we should not wait and see Him immediately. Even when the signs are gone; go! It will save you!

Daniel 4:3
How great are His signs, And how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been researching Lyme as a possible cause of Rheumatoid arthritis. I believe the Ondamed machine has the capability of killing off the spirochetes that started the lyme in the first place. I am amazed at the high percentage of false positives people claim to have gotten with using blood testing to see if they have lyme.

March 11, 2010 4:49 PM  

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