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Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Bacterial: Lime disease is caused by an infection with a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete. It is spread by the bite of a tick that has acquired the germ. ...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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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about any organ system including the eye, joints, heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...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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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology: When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse the nerve damage that Lyme disease causes?

Is it possible to reverse the nerve damage that Lyme disease causes?

Not really: Lyme disease can involve the central nervous system and if not treated earlier, the damaging effects can be serious. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Lyme disease: There is much speculation, primarily in the lay press about "adrenal exhaustion" due to lyme disease. This seems to be purely theoretical and not based on any firm scientific evidence. The problem is that there is much we do not understand about lyme disease, and it has been the speculative cause of many unexplained illnesses. Stick to "proven" facts, and adrenal insufficiency is not. ...Read more

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Are the heart regularities caused by Lyme disease fatal?

Generally not: In very rare cases, one could pass out and require a pacemaker. I personally have never seen that needed. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause hair loss?

Yes: Lyme disease is known to cause every possible symptom including hair loss. However, this could also be related to hypothyroidism (which Lyme can cause) and nutrient deficiencies (esp. zinc, very common in Lyme patients) may play a role too. You might also have heavy metal toxicity.
Work with a good holistic doc.
See http://betterhealthguy. Com/kpu ...Read more

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I am currently taking an antibiotic for Lyme disease can this cause me to miss my period?

I am currently taking an antibiotic for Lyme disease can this cause me to miss my period?

Hard to know: There are many reports of women having irregular periods when on antibiotics but it is not proven whether there is a relationship; if you are on antibiotics you have an infection & it is hard to know if the delayed period is due to the antibiotics or the infection! But in either case, your experience is not unusual.
I hope you are getting adequate treatment for lyme- see comment:. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause anxiety attacks and nervousness. A feeling that your not yourself. Maybe like a panic attack. Can antibotic help?

Can Lyme disease cause anxiety attacks and nervousness. A feeling that your not yourself. Maybe like a panic attack. Can antibotic help?

Indeed it can: There are a few ways that psychological symptoms can arise in lyme disease - the disease causes increased pressure in the head which affects blood flow and oxygen and causes all sorts of cognitive/emotional disturbances. The might only last awhile, but they may recur. Antibiotics may or may not help - that's lyme, right? A link: http://www. Newyorker. Com/reporting/2013/07/01/130701fa_fact_specter. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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What kind of urinary problems are caused by Lyme disease?

See below: The lyme spirochete can infect the bladder and cause frequent urination, pain on urination, even blood and protein in the urine. The typical urinalysis may show blood or protein in the urine and the culture will not grow out the spirochete infection. ...Read more

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I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

List: Causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Causes may include, misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism), poor posture, stress or anxiety, arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders, excessive gum chewing. Treatment can be complex and beyond the scope of this answer. See a TMJ expert for guidance. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause an elevated CA125 reading?

Can Lyme disease cause an elevated CA125 reading?

Unknown: At this point in time there is a lot of discussion about this topic and many who feel there may be some association but there has been no known proof of an association of Lyme disease and an elevated CA 125. This is still being researched and nothing that can say a definite cause and affect. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Yes: Insect repellents are always a good idea to help prevent insect bites including ticks. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

Toxins: Bacteria that causes disease carries toxins or alternatively, body may react with inflammation that in-turn would cause nausea through brain centers ...Read more

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Could Lyme disease cause a painful burning sensation in your ribs in your back?

Could Lyme disease cause a painful burning sensation in your ribs in your back?

Lyme's disease: Although the answer is "possible" you do not want to fall into the habit of blaming all symptoms to this condition. Always check with your physician for accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

Lyme disease: Can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. If symptoms continue, a Lyme disease specialist can help. Your doc or the local medical society or hospital can refer you. Yes, please see doc and get tested but know that Lyme results and symptoms are mysterious anc can produce Fibro & CFS like symptoms. If you have symptoms see doc even if lab work says not. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

Let me help: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. ...Read more

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Could Lyme disease cause pain in ribs while breathing in deeply?

Could Lyme disease cause pain in ribs while breathing in deeply?

Yes: Lyme disease is known to infect every organ and can cause virtually every symptom known to man. It is not unusual for lyme to cause costochondritis, inflammation of the joints between the ribs and sternum (breastbone), causing pain in the chest with deep breaths. Lyme disease can also cause pleurisy, inflammation of the lining of the lungs, which causes pain in the rib region with deep breathing. ...Read more

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Can chronic lyme disease cause your blood test to be post for hep c?

Can chronic lyme disease cause your blood test to be post for hep c?

No: These two disease are caused by very different micro-organisms. Both can be treated, but with different medications. ...Read more

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Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Yes: Yes. Lyme carditis effecting heart conduction system causing bradycardia to complete heart block and need permanent pace maker. Please see cardiologist in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

Organisms (Definition)

1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more