Lyme's disease, the hidden epidemic


or most commonly known as disease is among the hardest and most complex conditions to treat. With approximately 300,000 cases appearing each year and 300 strains worldwide, it has become an epidemic. The scariest part of this disease? A person can have it without even knowing.

disease is transferred through the bite of a tick and they can be found in Europe and also in America-primarily in Northeastern states. So, what exactly does a tick bite feel like and how can you know if you have this dreaded disease? Well, that's where things get tricky. First, not all ticks carry disease and unless someone finds a tick feeding on them and takes that tick in for testing, there is really no way of knowing if it carries the disease. Ticks can climb onto a person or animal without them even knowing. They crawl at an incredibly slow pace and love to hide in hidden areas of the body that are also warm. Because of their size and stealth, they can use their jaded mouths to clamp onto the person's skin. Now, it does take a while for the tick to feed on the person, sometimes it can take days. It's only when the tick burrows into the skin and begins to feed that the individual is at risk for .

When a tick is full of blood, much like that of a leech, it will fall off the body and can leave a mark if it carried . This isn't always the case though. In fact, only about 70-80% of people actually get this or some other kind of rash. Instead, sometimes people can get flu-like symptoms and most of the time they won't think anything of since there was no physical evidence. Then there are the select few people who have and get aches and pains in different areas of their body. Nerves and joints are just another of the many areas that attacks.

For the people who continue on with life not knowing they have this disease, it becomes harder to treat. , in ways, has a mind of its own and knows not only what areas of the person's body are weak, to begin with, but the disease knows how to hide. There are two known methods of treating . One way is through heavy antibiotics and although this is the fastest way to cure a person, sometimes the disease will hide and cause the person to go into remission. But it could come back. Then there is another way, a more natural route if you will. That's through natural and herbal remedies, this takes the longest to get rid of as there are steps a person must go through to cleanse their body of toxins before targeting the disease itself. Although there are these two methods and they have proved to be useful, sometimes neither work and the person is left with a chronic case of disease. This situation is highly disputed among those in the medical field, but there have been cases where people have the symptoms of even after the treatments. In some extreme cases, there have been deaths reported for this condition. Between 2002-2007 approximately 36 people died from

It's clear that this condition is not something to be trifled with, so what are some ways a person can protect themselves?

• Use tick repellent
• Wear long clothing when going into tick-infested areas
• Try to avoid woods or areas with long grass
• Tuck your pants into your socks
• Check yourself as soon as you get inside
• Check your pets when they come in from outdoors


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