Other Tick-borne Diseases
According to the CDC, Lyme Disease - an infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria - accounts for 80% of all tick-borne infections. The CDC currently estimates that up to 467,000 individuals in the U.S. are diagnosed by a doctor with and treated for Lyme Disease annually.
The incidence of this disease continues to rise, making it the fastest-growing vector infection in the United States. Ixodes, the black-legged ticks that transmit Lyme, have been found in 43 U.S. states. The risk of being infected with Lyme Disease is highest between Spring and Fall. However, the disease can occur throughout the year if you live in the more temperate areas of the United States such as California.
The number of co-infections that ticks carry has also increased in recent years. There are now more than 10 different co-infections that can be transmitted to individuals who have been bitten by a tick, including Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis, Powassan Virus, Rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tick-borne Relapsing Fever.
Four Important Facts About Lyme Disease You Should Know From a Functional Medicine Doctor.
Lyme Disease is known as the Great Imitator because its symptoms mimic many other chronic illnesses making it harder for a true diagnosis and harder to treat Lyme disease. A large percentage of people suffering from Lyme Disease never had the classic bull's eye rash. If you live in areas where Lyme Disease is endemic like the Northeast or the Upper Midwest, you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of Early Lyme to allow for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Lyme Disease in children can cause different symptoms from those in adults. Kids infected with Lyme may complain of headaches, fatigue, become irritable or have mood swings.
Ticks carry more infections than just Lyme Disease. All labs will test for the presence of Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. However, ticks carry more than one type of Borrelia bacteria as well as many other bacterial infections that, if untreated, can have serious implications for your health, including long-term effects on your nervous system. Learn more about our testing here.
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