With tick populations surging everywhere, the instance of Lyme disease is also on the rise. Black-legged ticks can carry a bacteria that causes Lyme disease when transferred to humans. According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to them by state health departments and the District of Columbia. However, this number does not reflect every case of Lyme disease that is diagnosed in the United States every year. Recent estimates using other methods suggest that approximately 300,000 people may get Lyme disease each year in the United States.
Deer ticks or black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks) are the type of tick Continue reading “Protect Yourself Against Ticks and Lyme Disease”
Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US, Canada and Western Europe. The CDC estimates that there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal or person that brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.
While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and others.
Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Continue reading “Lyme Disease: Protect & Prevent”
Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is one of the fastest emerging infectious diseases in North America and unfortunately one that may be hard to diagnose.
If you know you have been bitten by a tick, you should remove it carefully. You can pull a tick out yourself if you’re careful. Using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers and a steady hand, grasp the tick’s mouth parts, not the body, and slowly pull it straight out. Many outdoor stores also sell tick removal tools.
Then watch for symptoms. Fifty percent of people infected with Lyme develop what’s known as a bull’s-eye rash. The first physical signs of Lyme disease are often flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, headaches and congestion. Other symptoms include:
• Muscle twitching, pain or cramps
• Stiff or painful neck or jaw
• Double or blurry vision
• Eye pain or swelling
• Extreme fatigue Continue reading “Protecting Yourself Against Lyme Disease”
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal, or person, who brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.
While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and others.
As with most things, the easiest thing to do when dealing with ticks is to not have to deal with them at all. Preventing the little bloodsuckers from grabbing hold in the first place is easy. Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself Against Ticks”
Host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Norton Fishman will be discussing Lyme Disease: Myth and Facts.
Dr. Norton Fishman, MD, FACP, CNS, is a renowned specialist in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. He founded Optimal Health Physicians in 2001, having practiced internal medicine for over 35 years. He is dedicated to the best use of conventional medicine, alternative and natural choices, nutritional medicine and leading-edge technology. In addition to being board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and holds a Diplomat in Anti-Aging/Longevity Medicine. Dr. Fishman is a recognized expert and speaker in the fields of integrative medicine, nutrition and anti-aging medicine.
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