Lymes Disease Essay

1018 Words Apr 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Lyme’s Disease

When a family plans their summer vacation camping in the park or near prime fishing and hunting areas, it is not in the front of their minds to be very watchful for nymph (juvenile) ticks, as there is a possibility they may contract Lyme’s Disease. What is Lyme’s Disease you may ask? Well I asked the very same thing in July of 2014 when I was diagnosed with just that. Since than I have read many articles, scientific research findings, ranging from the CDC websites, Mayo Clinics website, and even American Lyme’s Disease Association, trying to fully understand just what this disease is. I would like to take a little time to share with you my findings, from its definition, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and treatments to
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There could be flu like symptoms, fever, headaches, fatigue, soreness in the neck, and the most obvious sigh is the EM (erythema migrans) rash, or “bull’s-eye” rash. In most cases there is a small red area where the tick bit and a larger red circular rash around the bite site, making it look like a bull’s-eye. If you believe you may have any of these symptoms you should be seen by your doctor immediately, the sooner LD is treated the less time it has to cause lasting damage and because the tests for diagnosing LD are not accurate all the time it is better to be safe than sorry.
Currently there are a couple of blood tests however the EM rash and the accompanying symptoms are the best way to diagnose LD. The CDC recommend the Western Blot test and the ELISA blood test for diagnosing those who do not have any obvious symptoms in the early stages of LD. Both tests are known to sometimes give incorrect result, both false negatives and false positives. And if the patient is showing neurological symptoms that the doctor may recommend a PCR test which involves a spinal tap. The route that your doctor chooses is based on the severity of the symptoms, the length of time it may have gone undetected and if there is the lack of the “bull’s-eye” rash. It is not unusual for doctors to begin treatment before all results are in if they are fairly confident that LD is going to be your diagnosis. As of the end of 2013 there have been 150,000 reported

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