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How Common Is Lyme Disease
Pretty common: Gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease) is much less common than gluten intolerance. Like lactose intolerance, caffeine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance (with regard to needing to restrict each respective substance), people who are gluten intolerant do better to avoid gluten-containing foods. Only about 10% of the population are gluten intolerant--an inflammatory condition of small bowel. ...Read more
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
I would say so: The majority of kids will have this before school age and have blood evidence of prior infections by the time they are teens.I see a case every month in the office and others are labeled during a phone call to the office. Rarely(once every few years) I see kids pass it to their parents who must have missed it as a kid. ...Read more
5-10/100,000: Huntington's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is autosomal dominant. Most estimate that it occurs in 5-10 per 100, 000 population. There does not appear to be any sexual discrimination. It is a progressive disease that usually becomes manifest in patients 30-40 years old. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I see clusters yrly: As an illness, fifth disease usually makes its rounds amoung the infant and toddler set . I see it in clusters, affecting one or another day care center or church nursery in waves, followed by months when no cases come in.A few years back we had a wave that affected toddlers, teens and a few adults, which was a bit unusual ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pretty common: Raynaud's disease is not actually a disease. It is symptoms of pain, coldness and color changes in hands and/or feet with no known cause. However, it is frequently seen with a variety of other diseases such as collagen diseases and thoracic outlet syndrome. When a cause is found it is called raynaud's phenomenon. Treatment is mainly protect the hands and feet when exposed to cold environment. ...Read more
Crohn's disease: This is not a communicable condition, as far we understand it. Its etiology has been attributed to colonization of the gut with different organisms (a british doctor thinks a tb-like bacillus) and an abnormal host immune response to these. 20% of cases occur in children, but the youngest are in the range of 7-8 years, and often in families with adult crohns, suggesting hereditary component. ...Read more
3 to 20%: So bone fide raynaud's phenomena ranges anywhere between 3-20% for women and 3-15% in men. The ranges are somewhat wide: interestingly, some estimates in france has been higher (~15%) than in the us (~5%). I feel that the more accurate number is closer to 5% worldwide though based on studies down thus far. ...Read more
Mucha habermann: Mucha habermann disease is a rare skin disorder. It is also known as pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta or PLEVA. Lesions can sometimes itch, - tend to be found in groups on trunk, arms and legs. PLEVA can disappear in 1.5 to 18 months without treatment. Scarring can occur. PLEVA is most often seen in children and young adults. ...Read more
It is an infection.: Chagas disease occurs mainly in South America but can also occur in the United States. Trypanosoma cruzi is the name of the parasite that causes the disease. The parasites are transmitted between animals and humans by triatomine bugs (also known as kissing bugs). The disease primarily affects the heart, esophagus and colon. ...Read more
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