Here comes summer season and unfortunately, also a season for ticks and Lyme Disease. Ticks are small crawling arachnids living by sipping on blood of mammals, birds and at times, reptiles and amphibians.
Bacteria from ticks may cause an infection called Lyme Disease. An infection characterized commonly by round redness on the skin, fever, and headache. If left untreated may lead to severe headaches, joint pains, memory loss and months of tiredness.
People are getting worried as reports of Lyme disease has increased this summer has been growing cases this summer as ticks advanced to new territories.
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control records more than 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease. An actual number of 300,000 cases has been noted recently based on two new studies. Doctor John Aucott, the director of John Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center has studied chronic forms of the infection called post-treatment Lyme Disease-Syndrome. He gave four important points about the disease on a Facebook Live Interview.
According to Doctor Aucott, there is no Lyme Disease vaccine designed for humans but you surely can protect yourself. Following a few simple steps can be very helpful to spare yourself from acquiring the disease. Moisture attracts bugs like ticks. Keeping your yard dry by getting rid of damp leaves and brush could make your home less appealing to the insect. The sizzling summer heat could make you want to strip as much clothing as you can but wearing long pants while hiking outdoors is advised to cover your legs if you don’t want to contract the disease.
Dodge areas with thick brushes and tall grasses and stay on the trail will keep your chances of drawing ticks to you.
A thorough body check should also be done after hiking. Ticks could be so small so feeling for them is encouraged. Don’t rely on traditional beliefs of smothering ticks with bacon or touching it with a match. Ticks’ body must be removed as soon as possible to stop it from transmitting the disease. Having the bullseye rash, is not the biggest indicator of having Lyme Disease.
This is contrary to what many people think about having the bullseye rash, which only appears on 20-30 percent of the cases. There are ticks that do not transmit the disease which also leave the same mark on the skin. Instead, watch out for red marks that expand to few inches that people often mistake as spider bites.
Having flu-like symptoms in summer could be you getting a Lyme Disease. Fever, chills and achy-feeling in the body are notable signs of contracting the disease.
Climate change could advance ticks to new territories. Since ticks don’t like dry climates, mice become their favorite host as climate grows warmer in the Upper part of England, Nova Scotia and Canada. Experts now expects cases to expand in other places as mice could push to other regions. They are known to be the carrier of the bacteria that brings Lyme disease that infect ticks. The human body can immortalize Lyme Disease symptoms.
The researchers are currently trying to find more proofs that the immune system of the human body, the system of the body that fights diseases, can actually perpetuate the symptoms in the long-term.
A few cases were found that the body sends off an immune response against its own healthy cells called autoimmunity. This condition is called Chronic Lyme Disease that affects about 10 percent of the patients who were not able to recover fully in the primary treatment. Dr. Aucott admitted that they don’t have any idea as for the exact cause and so they cannot recommend the perfect treatment at the present.