No one wants to find out that they have caught a bacterial infection such as Lyme disease, but this happens to be a common issue that many of us can become subject to. It is a disease that can be passed on to humans by infected ticks, which can be found in grassy or woodland areas. Thankfully, only a small amount of ticks have the disease, and they can only contaminate someone if they have previously bitten an animal that was infected. Dr. Karim Dhanani and the team of professionals at the Centre for Biological Medicine in Richmond Hill, ON offer personalized treatments for Lyme disease, so if you’re dealing with this issue, feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The Potential Causes of Lyme Disease
The biggest cause of Lyme disease is to be infected by a tick, and this can be done by them biting you. It is especially important to take precautionary measures if you happen to be in an area where ticks are likely to be. Not all ticks are harmful, and some only carry the disease that can be transmitted to humans if they have already bitten an infected animal. If you notice that there is a tick on your skin, then you need to safely remove it. Tweezers are often good in this case, taking care not to squeeze the tick. Once removed, it is generally advised to clean the area with antiseptic wipes.
The Main Symptoms
There is one big symptom and obvious red flag that you may have been infected with Lyme disease: a red circular rash on the skin. This will appear around the area in which the bite occurred. The rash can appear up to three months after the bite occurs, but it will usually manifest within four weeks of the bite taking place. However, some people don’t always get a rash, so if you know you have been in an area where there were likely to be ticks in the last few weeks, some of the symptoms listed below may also be indicators of Lyme disease:
- A high temperature or flu-like symptoms where you have that feeling of hot and shivery at the same time.
- Headaches – this can also be a symptom of the disease when rashes are not displayed.
- Muscle and joint pain – very similar to how you feel if you have had the flu.
- Tiredness and loss of energy – again, similar to how you may feel when struggling with fever or the flu.
The Benefits of Seeking Professional Help
If you find that you have any of the above symptoms, especially the rash, then it’s important to seek out medical help. The best advice is to not let this go and to seek out advice even if you think there is a potential reason that you may have it. You can reach out to the Centre for Biological Medicine in Richmond Hill, ON to find out more information about your condition and the specific treatment options we have available for Lyme disease. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!