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How does Lyme disease spread?

How does Lyme disease spread?

Tick borne: It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the ixodes tick.

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

YES: About half of those with lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. There is strong evidence that borrelia burgdorferi, the lyme bacteria, can be spread by biting flies- see http://www. Nejm. Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 many believe it can also be spread by mosquitoes, fleas & spiders, though this is unproven. Many feel it can be sexually transmitted & spread by moms to babies in utero.

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Can a person still have Lyme disease with only p18 bands and p41 bands?

Can a person still have Lyme disease with only p18 bands and p41 bands?

Yes and No: Have you been treated with antibiotics? If so you are likely cured. If you haven't been treated and you are healthy you most likely have nothing to worry about. If you develop symptoms including fatigue I would see an infectious disease doctor for a full assessment.

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Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

Unlikely: If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications.

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How can Lyme disease be diag if a person possably has had it for over a decade (has all symptoms been ill for 14yrs but never been √ for ld)severly il?

How can Lyme disease be diag if a person possably has had it for over a decade (has all symptoms been ill for 14yrs but never been √ for ld)severly il?

Clinical: Lyme is still a clinical diagnosis. Labs fail to detect up to 30% of cases. Chronic lyme can be treated by a doctor knowledgable in treating lyme.

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Can Lyme disease be transmitted from person to person?

Can Lyme disease be transmitted from person to person?

Yes in certain cases: Lyme is not easily transmitted but there is strong evidence that it can be transmitted in utero from mother to baby & it can be transmitted via blood transfusions. However, whether it can be sexually transmitted is controversial. Lyme has not been proven to be sexually transmitted, but it hasn't been disproven either. While there is not yet clear evidence of sexual transmission it may be possible.

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Can a person with disseminated Lyme disease transmit it via a blood donation?

Can a person with disseminated Lyme disease transmit it via a blood donation?

Yes: There is every reason to believe that lyme disease can be transmitted via blood transfusion. This does not mean that someone with lyme will always transmit it; in patients with lyme PCR tests are often negative, meaning it is not always present in the blood, but it is at times and in that case is almost certain to be transmitted. Certainly some with lyme don't know it & donate blood & transmit it.

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Is there a link between dissociative identity disorder and acute chronic Lyme disease? Can a person have both & can did be misdiagnosed?

No link, but...: Lyme disease, late, can have neuropsychiatric manifestations that may mimic other psychiatric disease. But this is not "early" lyme, which, if diagnosed, is easily treated!

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Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Lyme disease can cause symmetric polyarthralgias - pain in numerous joints on both sides of the body. Although rare, lyme disease is usually easy to treat if identifed quickly. There are blood tests so if you and your dr have a concern, it shoud be pretty quick to rule in/out.

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Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Generalized aching is a symptom of primary lyme disease. However, swelling of multiple joints is not. If the small joints (hands and feet) are involved it is virtually never going to be lyme disease.

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Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Yes and yes: If the mother has lyme disease, it can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy. If the infected mother is treated with a conservative dose of antibiotics during preg, lyme doesn't circulate so doesn't infect fetus. Infected male partner can pass the infection through semen to partner. Lyme is a bacteria not a virus.

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Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Not related: Yeast infection does not usually lead to sepsis until you are severely immune-compromised. Whether you have lyme disease or not has no bearing on this issue.

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician.

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What causes Lyme disease?

What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi: This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick.