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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Bacterial Infection

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick.
The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you dont wait.

In brief: Bacterial Infection

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick.
The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you dont wait.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Complex infection

As my colleagues mention, 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. See comment.

In brief: Complex infection

As my colleagues mention, 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. See comment.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
While a bulls-eye rash is a clear diagnostic sign, half of those with Lyme do not have this. Thus, absence of a known tick bite or history of bulls-eye rash in no way rules out Lyme. Acute Lyme causes non-specific flu-like symptoms and usually responds well to antibiotic treatment if started early and dosed adequately. Chronic Lyme can cause virtually every symptom known to man (& woman)- cont.:
Dr. Randy Baker
Chronic Lyme most commonly manifests with fatigue, muscle & joint pains, but can cause neurological symptoms like cognitive dysfunction and symptoms that mimic MS, ALS and other chronic neurological disease. Chronic Lyme is difficult to treat and the optimal way to treat it is controversial. Mainstream docs are taught that 6 weeks of antibiotic treatment cures chronic Lyme. However (continued)
Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lyme Dz

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by tick bites.
After contracting lyme, a rash can be seen at the site of the bite that looks like a bullseye. Typically symptoms initially are flu-like. Lyme is easily treatable with antibiotics. Without treatment, lyme can progress to arthritis and meningitis.

In brief: Lyme Dz

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by tick bites.
After contracting lyme, a rash can be seen at the site of the bite that looks like a bullseye. Typically symptoms initially are flu-like. Lyme is easily treatable with antibiotics. Without treatment, lyme can progress to arthritis and meningitis.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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Saurabh Bajpai
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infection

Lyme disease is caused by a bug called borrelia burgdoferi, it is usually carried by a tick.
It is more prevalent in the northeast area of the U.S., but you can get it anywhere. It usually starts with a rash that looks like a bulls eye mark on your skin. If the infection is not caught early it can go onto cause a neural infection. Consult your pcp for more information if you think you have it.

In brief: Infection

Lyme disease is caused by a bug called borrelia burgdoferi, it is usually carried by a tick.
It is more prevalent in the northeast area of the U.S., but you can get it anywhere. It usually starts with a rash that looks like a bulls eye mark on your skin. If the infection is not caught early it can go onto cause a neural infection. Consult your pcp for more information if you think you have it.
Saurabh Bajpai
Saurabh Bajpai
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Dr. SG Erman
Family Medicine

In brief: A Tick-borne disease

A tick-borne disease that can have a broad range of symptoms.
Usually starts with a fever/aches/headache/joints aches, and a classic bulls-eye rash 1-3 weeks after a bite by an infected deer-tick. If treated early, no long term problems if not, can progress to joint damage, arthritis, brain infection, heart muscle infection, etc.

In brief: A Tick-borne disease

A tick-borne disease that can have a broad range of symptoms.
Usually starts with a fever/aches/headache/joints aches, and a classic bulls-eye rash 1-3 weeks after a bite by an infected deer-tick. If treated early, no long term problems if not, can progress to joint damage, arthritis, brain infection, heart muscle infection, etc.
Dr. SG Erman
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Christopher Breen
General Practice

In brief: Bacteria from ticks

Lyme disease is a bacteria spread by ticks.
The disease has 3 stages. 1. Bulls eye rash. 2. Weakness, fatigue, and possibly facial paralysis or eye infection. 3. Chronic arthritis and neurological problems.

In brief: Bacteria from ticks

Lyme disease is a bacteria spread by ticks.
The disease has 3 stages. 1. Bulls eye rash. 2. Weakness, fatigue, and possibly facial paralysis or eye infection. 3. Chronic arthritis and neurological problems.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine

In brief: Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a multisystem illness that primarily affects the skin, nervous system, heart, and joints.
It is caused by a spirochete, borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato which is transmitted by deer ticks of the ixodes ricinus complex.

In brief: Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a multisystem illness that primarily affects the skin, nervous system, heart, and joints.
It is caused by a spirochete, borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato which is transmitted by deer ticks of the ixodes ricinus complex.
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
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