Sunday, September 27

Lyme Disease

First in-person Lyme disease support group meeting to be held since February – NorthcentralPa.com

First in-person Lyme disease support group meeting to be held since February – NorthcentralPa.com

Wellsboro -- The Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at Native Bagel. During this free public meeting, Linda Wales of Millerton will discuss her personal experiences with Lyme disease followed by a question and answer session. This will be the first meeting held by support group members since February 20, when they met jointly with SSMH Breathers Club members at the hospital to hear a presentation on Lyme Disease by Dr. Christopher Domarew of the UPMC Office of Internal Medicine at Wellsboro. Wales was originally scheduled to talk to the group on Thursday, March 19. That meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines. Wales suffered with tick-borne illnesses for seven ye...
VERIFY: Lyme disease symptoms can be mistaken for COVID-19 – WUSA9.com

VERIFY: Lyme disease symptoms can be mistaken for COVID-19 – WUSA9.com

There are common symptoms and unique symptoms and it's important to get the diagnosis right. With more people outside enjoying nature and possibly exposing themselves to ticks, health experts are warning of possible overlap between the symptoms of COVID-19 and Lyme Disease. THE QUESTION Can you get diagnosed with COVID-19 instead of Lyme disease and vice versa? THE ANSWER Yes, you could, as both have similar symptoms. Evidence and experts suggest patients should get tested for other conditions when presenting any of the symptoms. The experts that the VERIFY team contacted said getting the correct diagnosis in a timely manner is important as Lyme Disease can have serious effects if it's not caught early on. WHAT WE FOUND A spokesperson with the Centers for Disease Control and ...
Lyme disease symptoms ‘could be mistaken for COVID-19’ – how to tell the difference – Mirror Online

Lyme disease symptoms ‘could be mistaken for COVID-19’ – how to tell the difference – Mirror Online

From a dry cough to a loss of taste, coronavirus is known to be associated with a range of unpleasant symptoms. But experts have warned that many of these symptoms are similar to Lyme disease - an infection caught from the bite of an infected tick. Writing for The Conversation, Jory Brinkerhoff, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond explained: “Lyme disease shares a number of symptoms with COVID-19, including fever, achiness and chills. “Anyone who mistakes Lyme disease for COVID-19 could unknowingly delay necessary medical treatment, and that can lead to severe, potentially debilitating symptoms.” Lyme disease is commonly associated with a ‘bull’s-eye rash’, although many people also experience fever, fatigue and body aches. Dr Brinkerhoff said: “Symptoms of Lyme d...
The Doctor Game: Lyme Disease can be deadly if not treated – The Westerly Sun

The Doctor Game: Lyme Disease can be deadly if not treated – The Westerly Sun

What a relief to be outside after being isolated by the coronavirus. But beware! Warmer weather means that ticks are in the woods around you. Or even in your own back yard. A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows a tick bite can trigger diverse and deadly consequences. One case involved a 37-year-old man complaining of flu symptoms, fever, sore throat and joint pain. He had been in a tick-infested area several weeks earlier but did not recall a tick bite. His doctor diagnosed a viral infection and the patient improved. Weeks later heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pains sent him to the emergency room. There was no evidence of the typical tick rash. But an ECG showed complete heart block. The diagnosis? Lyme carditis. Treatment of the disease was started...
Lyme Disease Doesn’t Have a Vaccine, But a Yearly Preventative Shot Shows Promise – ScienceAlert

Lyme Disease Doesn’t Have a Vaccine, But a Yearly Preventative Shot Shows Promise – ScienceAlert

Lyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted by an infected tick bite, symptoms can include arthritis, cardiac and neurological problems if left untreated. It is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 300,000 people likely contract the disease each year. Scientists, doctors and ecologists have worked for decades to slow the spread of Lyme and the blacklegged, or deer, ticks that carry the disease-causing bacteria. However, the ticks' range continues to expand. Today, over 50 percent of the American population lives in an area where these ticks are found. The US Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against Lyme in 1998, but it was met b...
Do you have Covid-19 or is it Lyme disease? How to know – Inverse

Do you have Covid-19 or is it Lyme disease? How to know – Inverse

Summer is field season for ecologists like me, a time when my colleagues, students, and I go out into fields and woods in search of ticks to study the patterns and processes that allow disease-causing microbes – primarily bacteria and viruses – to spread among wildlife and humans. That fieldwork means we’re also at risk of getting the very diseases we study. I always remind my crew members to pay close attention to their health. If they get a fever or any other signs of sickness, they should seek medical treatment immediately and tell their doctor that they may have been exposed to ticks. When summer flu-like illnesses develop in anyone who spends time outdoors in areas where ticks are common, tick-transmitted diseases like Lyme disease should be considered a likely culprit. This summer, ...
How to Avoid Ticks, Lyme Disease as You Return to Nature – Healthline

How to Avoid Ticks, Lyme Disease as You Return to Nature – Healthline

Experts say ticks are becoming more common and there are increases in the rate of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. They note ticks tend to habitat in tall grass, trees, and underbrush. They encourage hikers and other people going outdoors to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts. They also recommend using an insect repellent and checking for ticks immediately after an outdoor activity. Be prepared to encounter ticks this season as COVID-19 restrictions relax and people return to the outdoors. Avoiding the small, eight-legged parasites is becoming increasingly challenging and rates of tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease, are on the rise, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are seeing more and more people heading outdoors after being houseb...

A Lyme disease vaccine doesn’t exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection – The Conversation US

Lyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted by an infected tick bite, symptoms can include arthritis, cardiac and neurological problems if left untreated. It is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 300,000 people likely contract the disease each year. Scientists, doctors and ecologists have worked for decades to slow the spread of Lyme and the blacklegged, or deer, ticks that carry the disease-causing bacteria. However, the ticks’ range continues to expand. Today, over 50% of the American population lives in an area where these ticks are found. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against Lyme in 1998, but it was met by con...

A Lyme disease vaccine doesn’t exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection – The Conversation US

Lyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted by an infected tick bite, symptoms can include arthritis, cardiac and neurological problems if left untreated. It is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 300,000 people likely contract the disease each year. Scientists, doctors and ecologists have worked for decades to slow the spread of Lyme and the blacklegged, or deer, ticks that carry the disease-causing bacteria. However, the ticks’ range continues to expand. Today, over 50% of the American population lives in an area where these ticks are found. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against Lyme in 1998, but it was met by con...
Lyme Disease and COVID-19 Can Share Similar Symptoms: Tell Them Apart – Healthline

Lyme Disease and COVID-19 Can Share Similar Symptoms: Tell Them Apart – Healthline

Share on PinterestHere’s how you can stay safe while enjoying the outdoors this summer. Getty Images Many of the symptoms of Lyme disease and COVID-19 are “nonspecific.” That means a wide variety of health conditions may cause them. For example, fatigue, malaise, headache, and body aches are associated with not only Lyme disease and COVID-19, but also other viral infections, such as the flu. They may also be symptoms of an autoimmune disorder. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. It’s caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which may be passed to people through the bites of infected blacklegged ticks. Most reported cases of the disease occur in June and July, when blacklegged tick populations are high. As Lyme disease season makes its annual return, a...