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Understanding The Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Of Lyme Disease: Part 2

August 30, 2017
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In the last post, we discussed some of the basics of Lyme Disease, including its circulation and the early stage symptoms. However, it’s also important to understand the late-stage signs of the disease as well as how to properly treat it. Here are some more symptoms and medical care options for Lyme Disease.

Late-Stage Symptoms
As Lyme Disease continues to spread, its symptoms get more and more severe. Those who contract the disease often report physical pains, such as headaches, arthritis, numbness in the limbs, and irregular heartbeats. But there are also a number of mental symptoms, such as brain disorders that restrict normal eating, sleeping, and mood patterns. Those afflicted may also develop concentration problems, short term memory loss, and general mental fogginess. Oftentimes, these symptoms occur as a result of insomnia due to the other uncomfortable symptoms.

Diagnosis
If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s essential to seek immediate medical care. There are several blood tests and other medical tests that help with the positive diagnosis of a Lyme Disease case, but the most common one is ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), a blood test used to detect antibodies that should be trying to fight off the infection. The Western blot test is also a viable test used to confirm a positive ELISA test. Finally, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be performed to determine the presence of the disease using joint or spinal fluid.

Treatment
Fortunately, the miracles of modern medicine allow for the disease to be treated relatively easily. If it’s detected early enough, two to three weeks of antibiotics should eliminate every part of the infection. For those who are diagnosed in the late stages, or those who experience chronic Lyme Disease symptoms, antibiotics should be administered through an IV for two to three weeks to maximize the effectiveness, although the symptoms will improve more slowly.

If you feel as though you may have contracted Lyme Disease, urgent care patient centers make excellent options for those who can’t afford costly ER bills. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 6,800 urgent care patient centers, and most of them have physicians onsite and can diagnose and treat patients much faster than in traditional settings.

Ultimately, staying vigilant about your risk for Lyme Disease is the best way to keep yourself protected. Always make sure to have an emergency medical plan and prioritize immediate treatment.

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