Life Cycle of Lyme Disease
Article on Lyme disease
Lyme disease is an infection that is spread by ticks. You can get Lyme disease
if you are bitten by an infected tick. But most people who have had a tick bite do not get
Lyme disease. Itís still important to see your doctor if you have a tick attached to you that
you can't remove.Lyme disease is common in the United States. It can also be found in Canada,
Europe, and Asia.
What causes Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria. Infected ticks spread the bacteria by biting
people or animals.Two types of ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria in the U.S. They are:
1.Deer ticks. They spread the disease in the Northeast and Midwest.
2.Western black-legged ticks. They spread the disease along the Pacific coast, mostly in northern California and Oregon.
1.One sure sign of Lyme disease is a round, red rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite. This rash can get very large
2.Flu-like symptoms are also very common. People in the early stages of Lyme disease may feel
very tired and have headaches, sore muscles and joints, and a fever.
3.These symptoms can start at any time, from 3 days up to a month after you have
been bitten. Some people don't have any symptoms when they are in the early stages of Lyme
disease. And they may not even remember getting a tick bite.
If Lyme disease goes untreated, you can have more serious symptoms over time.
1.Swelling and joint pain (like arthritis).
2.Tingling and numbness in your hands, feet, and back.
3.A lack of energy that does not get better.
4.Trouble focusing your thoughts.
6.Weakness or paralysis in your face muscles.
How is it treated?
The main treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics. These medicines usually cure
Lyme disease within 3 weeks of starting treatment.Itís important to get treatment for Lyme
disease as soon as you can. Talk to your doctor if you have had a tick attached to your skin,
especially if you live in an area where Lyme disease has been reported. Look for early signs of
the disease, such as a round, red rash that gets bigger or symptoms like you'd get with the flu.
If it goes untreated, Lyme disease can lead to problems with your skin, joints,
nervous system, and heart. These can occur weeks, months, or even years after your tick bite.
The problems often get better with antibiotics, but in rare cases they can last the rest of your