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Month: July 2020

Coronavirus and Lyme Disease Share Similar Symptoms – Here’s How to Tell the Difference – WWJ Newsradio 950

Coronavirus and Lyme Disease Share Similar Symptoms – Here’s How to Tell the Difference – WWJ Newsradio 950

As cases surge across the U.S., it’s easy to confuse coronavirus symptoms with those of the common cold, allergies, or even Lyme disease. Dr. Daniel Cameron, a Lyme disease specialist in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York, told TODAY that “Lyme disease is just as common this year as it was last year or the year before.” The symptoms of Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria or a tick bite, overlaps with the symptoms present in someone who tests positive in COVID-19. This includes fever, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue. In fact, Lyme disease has a reputation for imitating other conditions, which may make it harder to diagnose. “It triggers cytokines, the inflammatory process, and by triggering the whole natural immune system, it will mimic some other infections that affect the ...
Do I have coronavirus or Lyme disease? – TODAY

Do I have coronavirus or Lyme disease? – TODAY

Feeling sick with a fever — even a slight one — along with chills, fatigue and achy joints during this pandemic era may all seem to point to the coronavirus, particularly in summer with flu season still months away. But there may be another culprit: Lyme disease. “Lyme disease is just as common this year as it was last year or the year before,” Dr. Daniel Cameron, a Lyme disease specialist in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York, told TODAY. What’s more, Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria or a parasite in a tick, has a reputation for imitating other conditions. “It triggers cytokines, the inflammatory process, and by triggering the whole natural immune system, it will mimic some other infections that affect the immune system,” Cameron said. When the immune system is working ha...
Lyme Disease Explained | Advice Columns – Brunswick News

Lyme Disease Explained | Advice Columns – Brunswick News

Dear Dr. Wallace: I have been dating a guy for almost a year now, even though we are both only 16. Last week, we were talking about COVID-19, and he said that he and his family have never gotten it, but that a year ago, his big brother had Lyme disease. What is Lyme disease? Is it a venereal disease? I’m too embarrassed to ask my friends about this in case the answer is really weird or scary, but my curiosity about this is really driving me crazy. When my boyfriend brought this up, I was kind of shocked and embarrassed, and I didn’t want him to know that I was unaware of what it was. All I said at the time was, “Well, at least he didn’t have lemon disease!” My boyfriend had a good laugh over that and even said it was so funny that he was going to tell my joke to his brother. Hopefull...
‘Symptoms included an overwhelming tiredness which I will never forget’ – Man who has recovered from Lyme disease warns of potential danger of tick bites – Independent.ie

‘Symptoms included an overwhelming tiredness which I will never forget’ – Man who has recovered from Lyme disease warns of potential danger of tick bites – Independent.ie

With the warmer weather and more time spent outdoors, we are more susceptible to insect bites. In general, bugs in Ireland are pretty harmless with most just causing an itchy rash or an unsightly blemish. However, there is a more sinister creature lurking amongst the foliage and is largely unseen and unheard until it latches onto your skin and begins burrowing its way inside. 'm talking of course, about the lowly tick - which can either be harmless or the bearer of a nasty bacteria which causes Lyme disease and can have long-lasting side-effects. Figures are not available for the number of cases of Lyme disease in Ireland, but it is estimated that around 200 people have a positive blood test for it each year. However, Brian O'Briain is well aware of the debilitating symptoms of this condi...
Protecting Yourself From Lyme Disease – NBC4 Washington

Protecting Yourself From Lyme Disease – NBC4 Washington

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Symptoms of Lyme disease and COVID-19 might feel similar but there are some differences – KPRC Click2Houston

Symptoms of Lyme disease and COVID-19 might feel similar but there are some differences – KPRC Click2Houston

HOUSTON – Health experts are sounding the alarm about a disease with similar symptoms to COVID-19 -- Lyme disease. Lyme disease, unlike coronavirus, is caused by bacteria. The infection is spread through tick bites and poses a serious threat. It is treatable, but the earlier it’s diagnosed, the better. Since a lot of people are eager to find outdoor activities and take a break from cabin fever during the pandemic, they could be putting themselves at higher risk of being bitten by a tick. The problem is that the symptoms of Lyme disease and COVID-19 are very similar, but there are some differences. Symptoms of Lyme and COVID-19: Fever. Body aches Headaches. Fatigue. Differences between Lyme and COVID-19: Lyme disease typically peaks in the summer. COVID-19 patients can lose their sense of ...
Ticks, Lyme Disease Could be More Prevalent This Year – Reform Austin

Ticks, Lyme Disease Could be More Prevalent This Year – Reform Austin

If you’re heading out to enjoy the summer and early fall days or looking ahead to deer hunting season in Texas, keep this in mind: Ticks and Lyme disease are expected to be more prevalent this year. Making matters worse is the fact that Lyme disease and COVID-19 symptoms are very similar. New research from a survey of tick-management programs shows a prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses has steadily increased in the United States over the last 20 years.  But experts say the risks of catching a bacteria that can cause Lyme disease shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a camping trip or a hike, which can be great ways to travel while social distancing.  There are a lot of misconceptions and controversy about Lyme disease. The symptoms often mimic the symptoms of m...
Will COVID-19 Lead To A Lyme Disease Boom? – WNYT

Will COVID-19 Lead To A Lyme Disease Boom? – WNYT

Key differences are respiratory symptoms.  Those are associated with coronavirus, while a bullseye rash is associated with Lyme disease, although not all patients will develop one.  A delayed diagnosis can lead to more serious complications.   "With Lyme disease, it's crucially important to have early treatment," Dr. Delaney says.   The Centers for Disease Control estimates 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually, and advises people to take precautions by using an approved insect repellent, wearing light colored clothing and checking for ticks after outdoor activities. If you do discover a tick bite, remove the tick with clean tweezers and monitor yourself for symptoms. They can develop anywhere from a few days to a month after. Read more: ...
She Tested Negative for Lyme Disease. So What Was Wrong? – The New York Times

She Tested Negative for Lyme Disease. So What Was Wrong? – The New York Times

The 50-year-old physician dropped into the leather chair in her psychiatrist’s Manhattan office. Her new normal, she announced to Dr. Deborah Cabaniss, was constant fatigue. Cabaniss noted that although her patient looked put together as usual, she could see the exhaustion in her eyes. “You don’t look like yourself,” the therapist agreed.The patient had seen Cabaniss for more than a decade. She valued the sessions as a chance to talk about the stresses of balancing a medical practice with the demands of family, but since a few months earlier, all the patient could talk about was how awful she felt.Her summer had gotten off to a great start. She spent Memorial Day weekend in 2019 with her children at her family’s beach house in the Hamptons on Long Island. Then she traveled with friends to...