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What Is Lymes Disease In Humans
Adrenal insufficency: Adrenal insufficiency in dogs is not contageous to humans. When a dog's adrenal cortex doesn't work, the dog makes less cortisol. In humans, adrenal insufficiency isn't particularly common and is usually the result of autoimmune disease in this country. The result is also low cortisol. If your pet has adrenal insufficiency, you don't need to worry about contracting it from your dog. ...Read more
Runs in families: Autosomal dominant disorder with often mixed or incomplete penetrance. Is clearly hereditary and not caused by other problems. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & probably sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Prion diseases: •transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (tses) or prion diseases are a family of progressive neurodegenerative diseases of humans and animals that cause irreversible cumulative brain damage and are uniformly fatal. •prions are the infectious agents that cause tse. The term prion was coined to denote “a small proteinaceous infectious particle resistant to inactivation". ...Read more
It is not: It is an autoimmune illness that strikes at random. ...Read more
Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?
See below: Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment.See http://bit.Ly/1px4fnq ; http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/lymefiles.Html ; http://bit.Ly/qcegra ; http://bit.Ly/orugxl for details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What kind of disease is Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and how is it different from regular tuberculosis?
Yersinia etc: The FUZZ! Thats very interesting. I've never heard of this bug. The names of bugs refer normally to likeness between the bugs so I would imagine the name comes from the Yersinia ( used to be called Pastereurella) and pseudo TB because the bug looks like a large mycobacterium TB cell. I will research it and answer this question again in a bit. Nice question! ;-)) ...Read more
YES: Kuru is a rare and fatal brain disorder that occurred at epidemic levels during the 1950s-60s among the fore people in the highlands of new guinea. The disease was the result of the practice of ritualistic cannibalism among the fore, in which relatives prepared and consumed the tissues (including brain) of deceased family members. ...Read more
Are all rheumatic diseases auto immune disease s or is there a difference in the 2. If there different what is the difference clinically?
More than a 100 kind: Over 100 different kinds of arthritis and related diseases (rheumatic diseases) some metabolic, gout and pseudogout. Some genetic (hemochromatosis) many autoimmune, your immune system reacts against part of your body. Most common rheumatoid arthritis. There are autoimmune diseases that do not cause arthritis, ms, penphigus. ...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
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
Borrelia bacteria: Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi.It is usually transmitted by deer ticks & the longer the tick is attached the greater the chance of infection.However, about half of those with lyme do not recall being bitten by a tick.It is proven that stinging flies can transmit it & possibly spiders, mosquitoes etc.It may be sexually transmitted & passed to babies in utero. ...Read more
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