Identifying Lyme Disease
In the majority of cases Lyme disease manifests a characteristic circular skin rash known as erythema migrans, but one of the main issues with Lyme disease is that in many cases it only presents generic symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and depression. This means it can be very difficult to diagnose Lyme disease if the patient is not aware they have been exposed to ticks. If left untreated Lyme disease can develop into some serious symptoms as the infection spreads throughout the body, and this can cause serious problems in the joints, central nervous system and heart.
Because Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose and treat it is a good idea to put in place some preventative measures, to reduce the risks of contracting this disease in the first place.
Pesticides, in particular acaricides (targeted at the Acari group which includes mites and ticks), have been used effectively to suppress tick populations in residential areas. This works well in combination with efforts to remove brush, dense landscaping, leaf litter and woodpiles around domestic dwellings, and in general open up areas to reduce habitats for both ticks and the prey they feed on such as deer and rodents. The pesticides cyfluthrin, deltamethrin and carbaryl have been shown to be particularly effective at killing the nymph stage of the blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), but homeowners are not always willing to use pesticides heavily around their own properties. There are also some concerns that pesticides could be overused and this could affect fragile ecosystems.
Landscape management practices can also be used to reduce tick abundance, and strategic one year intervals of controlled wild grassland and brush burning were found to reduce the populations of tick adults and larvae significantly. Burnings scheduled for the spring time were found to be particularly effective.
There is no way of completely eliminating the presence of ticks in wild and residential environments, but there are a number of strategies available that could help to significantly reduce tick abundance, and help to in turn reduce the risks of Lyme disease being passed to humans and domestic animals.
These are just some of the facts about lyme disease. You can find out more information by following our blog on a regular basis, as we write about this topic often.
Treatments For Lyme Disease
Multi-strategy approaches can include treatments such as:
Herbs – there are a number of powerful healing ingredients present in nature and some of these can provide potent antibacterial effects which can help to combat Lyme disease infections without damaging the delicate balance of bodily functions and causing any major side effects as conventional antibiotics can do.
Homeopathy – this alternative healing system has shown some positive results for many Lyme disease sufferers and is designed to stimulate the body’s own healing systems so that it can fight infections and other health problems effectively.
Salt/C – this lesser known strategy is quite straightforward and involves a taking a combined dosage of vitamin C and sea salt, which is designed to work by inducing a dehydrated state in the B.burgdorferi bacteria so that it cannot reproduce and is quickly eradicated. This has shown some positive results for chronic Lyme disease sufferers who may have found other strategies ineffective.
Preventing Lyme Disease
Here are just a few preventative techniques:
Avoid brush and tall grass – ticks lay in wait for prey on undergrowth and grasses that are around knee to ankle height, so avoid sitting down on the ground and walking through brush and grasses when you are out and about in high risk tick areas.
Wear Appropriate Clothing – when you are walking through areas with abundant tick populations make sure you cover up and wear trousers tucked into socks and long sleeved tops to reduce the area of skin exposed to ticks. Also wear light clothing so that you can help spot any ticks that have
attached themselves to you.
Tick Checks – always check your clothes for ticks before you get back in your car or return to your accommodation. Once in a private place conduct
a thorough full body examination if you have been walking in high risk tick areas just to ensure you have not picked up any of these tiny creatures.
Don’t forget to check key areas such as your groin, scalp, and behind your ears and pets will also need a thorough check to ensure they are not bringing ticks into your home.
Adult tick feeding on a dog: One of the problems with diagnosing Lyme disease is that ticks are very tiny, even in the adult stages, and so it can be difficult to tell whether your pet has been bitten or not. If you live in a high risk area for ticks and your pet is regularly exposed to thick vegetation, wild areas and woodland edges then the likelihood of them being bitten is very high, so if your pet displays any unusual symptoms it is worth asking your vet about the possibility of Lyme disease.
Lyme Vaccinations for Pets: Bacterial vaccinations have evolved in recent years but there is still of lot of hesitancy from both vets and pet owners in using these methods to prevent against insect-borne conditions such as Lyme disease. This is because there is a lot of misinformation about how effective these vaccinations can be, but recent studies have shown the new vaccine technologies can provide safe, effective ways to reduce the risks of pets contracting Lyme disease.
Treating Lyme Disease
Current Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) regulations regarding the treatment of Lyme disease have recently been reviewed, and no changes were made to longstanding advice for treating this condition which recommends short term use of antibiotics. In many cases this can clear up infections of Borrelia burgdorferi, but some patients may find that the bacteria is able to linger in the body, and this is known as chronic Lyme disease. Although chronic Lyme disease is not officially recognized as a condition by the IDSA, many physicians do treat these kinds of cases with long term antibiotics. Many sufferers have also found that some alternative treatments such as herbal therapies can be effective to help eradicate Athis bacterium from the body.
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