By Michelle Tuffs
The infamous Bulls Eye Rash is one of the first things I learned about Lyme Disease. This can be an early indication of being bitten by a black-legged tick, better known as the Deer Tick. The bull’s eye rash is very distinct and can be a definite sign that you may have been exposed to Lyme Disease through a tick bite. Removing a Deer Tick the moment you find it can be the difference between Lyme Disease or no Lyme Disease! The bull’s eye rash is uniformly round and about 5 centimeters in size.
Signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease can occur anywhere from 3 to 30 days after a bite has happened and can have quite a range of effects depending on the person. In some cases, symptoms can appear months later after a tick bite. It seems the longer the tick is attached to your body the more likely you are to have Lyme Disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease may begin with a fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, stomach aches and swollen lymph nodes, all of which could be mistaken for the flu. At this point without treatment, symptoms can progress. The Early Stage of Lyme Disease is called “localized” and includes flu-like symptoms.
The second stage is called “Early Disseminated Lyme.” At this stage, your flu-like symptoms may include pain, weakness or numbness in your arms and legs, vision changes, heart palpitations, chest pain, a rash, and possibly facial paralysis, also known as “Bells Palsy.”
The third stage of Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease is called “Late Disseminated Lyme.” This stage can occur weeks, months, even years after a tick bite. Symptoms may include arthritis, severe fatigue, headaches, vertigo, stomach aches, sleep disturbances, and mental confusion.
The best prevention can be preparation! If you camp, work in your garden or yard often, have pets who spend time outdoors, your kids probably spend lots of summertime outside…wear lighter clothing. Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed, wearing lighter colored clothing makes them easier to spot. Pets may bring ticks indoors and can also be affected by Lyme Disease. No matter who is outdoors, make it a habit to have a “shower check”! Look over your entire body, in your hair, inside the ears, around your waistline even behind your knees! And if you feel you may have been affected by Lyme Disease, Nutritionally Yours should be your first call!
Our fantastic Naturopath, Alane is known as the “Lyme Queen”! She has dealt with Lyme Disease personally since 1983. There is no one better to find your health solutions than someone who has been there and understands completely! We also have an excellent medical doctor on staff. Both of them are Lyme literate.
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