How does Lyme disease attack?

See below. 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.
Lyme. Caused by a spiral bacteria (borrelia burgdorferi), symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, and a rash called erythema migrans which expands out like a snakem leaving a pale center. If untreated, infection can spread to joints, heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it. It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. Read more...

What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi. This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick. Read more...

May Lyme disease re occur?

Yes. Lyme disease may recur in 2 ways. It can be very difficult to fully eliminate, so even if someone has been successfully treated, the borrelia bacteria that cause lyme may be in the dormant cyst stage and may reactivate if the patient undergoes physical or emotional stress. Even if borrelia has been eradicated, being exposed to the bacteria again via insect bite etc. Can result in recurrence. Read more...

Could I have Lyme disease?

Yes. 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. Read more...
Not just Lyme. Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi)or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick). Read more...

Does lyme disease go away?

Not if untreated. Untreated Lyme disease can progress to have cardiac (heart) and neurologic (brain and nerves) complications. If left untreated too long some damage can be permanent. Lyme disease can be treated with common antibiotics. If you have symptoms, like a bullseye rash, joint pains, fevers, or headache, and have a reasonable chance of exposure, please see a doctor for testing and treatment. Read more...

How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic. 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). Read more...
Tick, fly bites &... Most lyme is from bites of the deer tick but half of those with lyme don't recall a tick bite; undoubtedly many were bitten & did not know it. It has also been shown to be caused by fly bites- see http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 some feel lyme may be spread by mosquitoes, spiders, sexually & mother to baby but these are unproven; i feel mother to baby is likely in some. Read more...