lyme disease

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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 diagnosis must be made.
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Dr. Su Fairchild answered:

Lyme disease treatment?

Depends

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Acute Lyme is treated differently than chronic Lyme. Chronic Lyme needs a minimum of two antibiotics as well as other supportive measures. Low dose naltrexone is one such option.
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What causes lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi

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This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an Ixodes tick.
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May lyme disease re occur?

Yes

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One can be reinfected.
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could i have lyme disease?

Yes

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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.
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Is Lyme disease contagious?

No

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A person with LD is not going to spread it to others in their social contact. It is passed thru a tick bite if the tick is a carrier.
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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic

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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)
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Do fleas cause lyme disease?

Spirochete in fleas

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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.
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Is there a Lyme disease test?

Yes

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There are blood and cerbrospinal fluid tests that can be done to aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease. They must be interpreted carefully by experienced clinicians.
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How does Lyme disease attack?

See below

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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.
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How does Lyme disease spread?

Tick borne

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It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the Ixodes tick.
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