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Doctor insights on: Lyme Disease And Immune Deficiency Symptoms

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Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

No : There is no literature or study showing any correlation between Lyme disease a.nd B12 deficiency. ...Read more

Dr. Javier Chinen
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Immune Deficiency (Definition)

Immune deficiency simply means that there is an impairment in your immune system. You may have a decrease in the quantity of antibody(ies) or immune cells or impaired immune response (quality) to many or just a few foreign invaders. The severity varies as are the actual sites of the defects. Frequent infections are the most common presentation (sinus , pulmonary) . ...Read more


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How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

Not an issue: Lyme disease doesn't weaken the immune system or cause opportunistic infection. The rash of lyme disease (erythema migrans) may begin a week after a tic bite. Other features of the disease may occur weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the immune response against Lyme disease?

Can you please discuss the immune response against Lyme disease?

Lyme Disease: It is both a cellular and humoral immune response that is much too in-depth to describe in this very small space. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to have turbinate reduction/septoplasty if I have Lyme disease (which is weakening my immune system)?

Is it safe for me to have turbinate reduction/septoplasty if I have Lyme disease (which is weakening my immune system)?

Septo/turbs: Lyme disease does not preclude you from having surgery. Discuss your disease with your surgeon. And be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...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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Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Yes: People react to infections in different ways. Most who are infected with lyme will have vague non-specific symptoms initially like headache and achiness that may be mild and not noticed as a sign of illness, but then have more pronounced symptoms that appear months or years later. ...Read more

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Are there any illnesses that share the same symptoms of Lyme disease?

It depends: Occasionally symptoms of lyme disease could mimic those of a medication reaction or allergy, contact dermatitis or other non-infectious problem like clinical depression. Generally a physician who specializes in infectious diseases would be required in order to distinguish lyme disease from these other disorders. Also, late stages of lyme disease need to be distinguished from earlier stages of lyme. ...Read more

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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, and nervous system. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease if a deer tick?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease if a deer tick?

Many symptoms...: If bitten by a deer tick one should watch carefully for symptoms. Look for a bulls-eye rash- if you have this you have lyme, but it only happens half the time. Other early symptoms are mild flu-like symptoms (headache. Aches, mild fever), then joint pains, fatigue, problems with memory & concentration and virtually any symptom in the world. Deer ticks may spread ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

Brain Lyme : Neurological involvement by Lyme occurs after a long period of untreated infection and leads to difficulty with walking, thinking, vision and MRI with a spinal tap test to confirm diagnosis ...Read more

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Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

See details: About 70% of patients with documented lyme disease never remember having a tick bite or the characteristic rash. If you believe you may have lyme disease, see your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

Many factors : Depends on a lot of things. Untreated, lyme disease can spread to many organs over weeks & months, yet still not show symptoms. Or, a person could get very ill within days of the tick bite. Untreated, lyme disease does not go away by itself, even if the symptoms get better. Complete treatment is necessary, for weeks if just after tick bite, and months if treatment delayed. ...Read more

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For what length of time do the symptoms of Lyme disease last?

1-2 weeks: It depends on the symptoms. If it is primary disease and the flu-like symptoms, they last about 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have Lyme disease and not have clear symptoms?

Yes : Many patient could have the initial signs and symptoms of lime disease and they are not diagnosed at that time for multiple reasons , related to the severity , lack of evaluation , misinterpretation of the symptoms, lack of though about the occurrence of the disease. ...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