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How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Lyme disease can ...: Cause a so-called aseptic meningitis similar to many viruses. The cerebrospinal fluid changes cannot easily be distinguished from other causes but antibody assays can make the diagnosis of lyme borreliosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme is 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 diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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I want to know what is the difference between meningitis and Lyme disease?

I want to know what is the difference between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Apples and oranges: Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, uncommon with lyme disease. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency, can kill in hours. Nervous system can be involved in lyme disease, but less commonly and not acute. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed classically by sending off cerebrospinal fluid analysis from a lumber puncture when there is a clinical suspicion that a patient has this condition. Lyme meningitis can be diagnosed with specialized testing sent on cerebral spinal fluid often in conjunction with serum testing to confirm the presence of Lyme Disease. ...Read more

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How can someone test positive for two Lyme-specific bands on western blot and NOT have been exposed to Lyme disease? What is magic about 5 bands?

Immune complexities: Lyme disease is caused by a certain type of bacteria called a 'spirochete'- they are a whole class actually of bacteria and believe it or not can be found commonly in the mouth or elsewhere in the environment. You have to reach a certain 'threshold' with Lyme testing because there could be some cross-reactivity coming from these other types of bacteria. The immune system is extraordinarily complex ...Read more

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Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

See below:: Risk of lyme disease: northeast, from maine to northern virginia; upper midwest, including most of wisconsin, northern minnesota and a sliver of northern illinois. "emerging risk" regions: illinois-indiana border, the new york-vermont border, southwestern michigan & eastern n. Dakota. Ehrlichosis: southeastern & south-central United States, from the eastern seaboard to texas. ...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 spread?

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

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How does Lyme disease attack?

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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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more