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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder, and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder,  and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Seek skilled doctor: This is an incredibly complex situation that requires the care of an experienced ; skilled holistic doc. Treat your dental abscess first. Anyone with lyme ; bipolar disorder probably has pyrroluria- see http://betterhealthguy.Com/kpu
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Good luck! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could I have Lyme disease?

Yes: But you haven't listed any symptoms, so it's hard to give opinion. Lyme disease symptoms are similar to many others, and can be tested for by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does lyme disease go away?

Not if untreated.: Untreated Lyme disease can progress to have cardiac (heart) and neurologic (brain and nerves) complications. If left untreated too long some damage can be permanent. Lyme disease can be treated with common antibiotics. If you have symptoms, like a bullseye rash, joint pains, fevers, or headache, and have a reasonable chance of exposure, please see a doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more

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Do fleas cause Lyme disease?

Spirochete in fleas: The organism (borellia sp.) that causes lyme disease has been found in fleas and mosquitos but has not yet been found to contribute to transmission of lyme disease in humans this way. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease attack?

See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read more

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What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease ever go away?

Controversial: Most doctors believe that lyme disease can be cured by antibiotics. There are some who think that lyme can evolve into a chronic state, but this is controversial. Most treatments advertised for "chronic lyme disease" have little if any evidence to back them up. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease live for ever ?

Can Lyme disease live for ever ?

Not sure of question: Do you mean to ask if lyme would continue indefinitely if not treated? Te answer to that is yes, though the typical course for lyme disease is one where symptoms can tend to come & go, get worse, then better. ...Read more