Lyme disease is the result of being bitten by a black-legged tick that is infected with corkscrew-shaped bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi.
Ticks that feed off infected animals such as rates, deer and birds become infected with bacteria.
Once the ticks are infected, the move on to spread bacteria onto humans and other animals like dogs with a painless bite that usually goes unnoticed.
Lyme disease symptoms don’t usually surface until weeks or even years after the bite, which makes it almost impossible to link the symptoms to a tick bite that you never also noticed.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease vary from person to person, but if left untreated, they can last from months to years
Here are some early warning symptoms of Lyme Disease:
- skin rash around the bite site
- flu-like symptoms
- fever or chills
- a sore throat
Later signs and symptoms (weeks or months after a tick bite)
- muscle spasms.
- extreme headaches and neck tightness.
- extreme tiredness.
- shooting pains, pins, and needles or tingling feelings in limbs.
- inflamed lymph nodes.
- blurry vision, eye discomfort or swelling.
- night sweats or inexplicable chills.
- In more serious cases, these symptoms may be debilitating:.
- brain fog, state of confusion or amnesia.
- trouble breathing, consuming, talking and sleeping.
- abnormal heartbeat.
- intermittent pain in tendons, joints, muscles, and bones.
- partial body paralysis.
- nerve system conditions (even seizures).
- MORE ABOUT TICKS.
A full-grown tick can be the size of a pea.
They are typically discovered among high yard and bushes and can quickly attach on to human legs/ clothing or animals going by.
Ticks become active when the weather warms up from spring through fall.
Ticks are little, blood-sucking bugs.
They are arachnids– from the spider family–( not insects), and hence have 8 legs.
Tick bites are often harmless and may not cause noticeable symptoms.
However, bites from contaminated ticks can be hazardous or perhaps deadly.
Ticks like warm and damp areas of the body.
Once they get on your body, they carry on to try to find a desirable area, bite you and then draw blood.
Unlike insect bites, ticks remain attached to your skin after biting and grow more significant from the blood drawn.
At the time of drawing blood, the Lyme-infected tick will plant the borrelia germs deep into the skin and into the bloodstream, causing an infection.
Lyme disease is becoming one of the fastest emerging contagious illness in North America that is moving northward from endemic locations of the United States to southeast Canada.
PROTECT YOURSELF, PREVENT LYME DISEASE.
Prevention Is Best.
If you understand that you will be venturing into forests or overgrown areas where Lyme-infected ticks are discovered, here are some methods you can safeguard yourself when you’re outdoors.
Prevent walking through wooded and bushy areas with high turf.
Wear light-colored clothes to identify ticks much easier.
Wear closed-toe shoes and pull a sock over pant legs.
Use long-sleeved t-shirts or utilize an insect repellent.
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming from outdoors (within 2 hours) to clean off and find ticks that might be crawling on you.
Inspect your kids and animals entirely for ticks that may conceal under the arms, around the ears, inside the stubborn belly button, and in their hair.
Examine clothing and put them into a clothes dryer on high heat to eliminate ticks, if any.
If You’ve Been Bitten
Ticks connect themselves to the skin.
By removing them soon enough, within 12 hours- you might have the ability to avoid infection.
Do not panic and rub off or squash the tick as this may break off the mouth-parts and leave the sting in the skin.
Crushing the tick with your fingers might likewise get the germs on your fingers.
As with bugs that bite/sting, the toxin or bacteria is in the sting.
You can thoroughly remove the tick to decrease the effect of the bite.
Utilize a fine-pointed tweezer, and with a stable hand, comprehend the tick as close to the skin surface area as possible.
Gradually pull the tick straight out without twisting or jerking to prevent the mouth-parts from breaking and staying in the skin.
If the mouth-parts are currently broken, try to remove them as much as you can without triggering additional distress to the affected location.
Clean the bite location with alcohol or a disinfectant.
Undiluted apple cider vinegar can work as a natural disinfectant as well
Put the dead tick in a sandwich bag, write the date you were bitten, and take it to the medical professional when you begin experiencing any of the signs discussed above.
ESSENTIAL NOTE: WHAT THE TICK EXPERT SAYS.
A biologist who is an expert in tick anatomy and biology, invested his lifetime studying insects and ticks/mites all over the world. He has this to state
A tick separates if we aggravate it, aim to smother it or rub it off.
You can not smother a tick as they require only a little oxygen.
It would take days, not minutes.
If you make the tick remove by itself, it has to liquify the “cement” that holds their mouthparts in the skin.
They secrete the “cement” into the skin when they first connect.
That is why it takes some force to pull a tick out; their mouthparts are glued to the bite injury.
So they need to liquify the “cement” to obtain away.
They do this by regurgitating stomach contents into the bite injury.
Given that the Lyme bacteria (spirochetes) and other pathogens (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesia, Bartonella, and lots of others) remain down in the tick’s stomach for some hours after the tick connects, you don’t want the tick to raise the Lyme and inject it into you.
If you pull the tick off the proper way before the pathogens go up out of the stomach and into you, that will not occur, and you won’t get ill.
If you make the tick detach itself by using Vaseline, shea butter or coconut oil (as many websites recommend), you have a great chance of getting really ill for the rest of your life.
The very best method is to do a thorough tick check a minimum of every 12 hours (more frequently is better), and pull that check off using a safe approach
Do not fool around, don’t wait, and do not ever make the tick detach itself.
IF YOU ARE BATTLING LYME DISEASE
If you’ve been infected by the Lyme infection, have you heard that marijuana has been utilized by lots of to minimize the uncomfortable and debilitating signs of Lyme disease?
It is something that you might discover worth checking out.
Marijuana leafStudies have shown that cannabis can kill infections. It can be utilized to treat and minimize the incapacitating symptoms of Lyme disease.
In fact, a book has even been discussed it.
The author of the book, Shelley White, discusses her own experience coping with Lyme disease in addition to how she was able to utilize cannabis to decrease the symptoms successfully.
Marijuana is useful in resolving peripheral neuropathy, a debilitating condition which prevails in people who experience Lyme disease.
Cannabis is a safe alternative to attend to symptoms of Lyme disease; otherwise, patients are left with opiates that can be addicting as well as inefficient to handle their discomfort.
It should be noted though that Lyme disease can affect individuals differently; some may be simpler to deal with than others.
Despite how dominant or which stage the illness remains in, cannabis has currently been proven to treat discomfort, remove seizures, and make it easier to sleep; valuable properties that make it a real blessing for those who are identified with this dreadful illness.