Lyme Disease Treatment – Lyme Doctors – Tick Illnesses
According to the CDC, Lyme disease affects approximately 300,000 people in the US each year. The symptoms associated with tick borne illnesses can range from mild to severe, and it can be very challenging to get an accurate diagnosis. Rose Wellness Center has the best Northern Virginia Lyme disease treatment specialists to help you find out if you're suffering with this illness or not.
This disease is transmitted through a tick bite; unfortunately, though many patients suffering with Lyme disease do not recall being bitten. Ticks do not cause the disease; however, they carry the pathogens that cause the disease. Ticks can have more than one pathogen in their body; thus, you can have multiple co-infections from tick illness, such as fungal, viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
This disease is often referred to as the "great imitator" because it has many of the same symptoms as a variety of neurological and rheumatological conditions, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Somatization Disorder. Over time, the immune system of someone with Lyme disease can become compromised and weakened.
Discover more about tick borne illnesses at: International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne in the USA. To help put it in perspective, 34 new cases occur every hour- that's 882 cases per day, 5.770 cases per week and 25,000 cases per month! Since 1982, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease has increased almost 25-fold. It often takes 2 years before a patient is properly diagnosed and most patients visit approximately five doctors before their diagnosis. So, seeing a Northern Virginia Lyme disease treatment specialist at our clinic can save patients a lot of time as we have the training to diagnose you accurately.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
The symptoms associated with tick illness can vary from patient to patient, making it difficult to get a proper diagnosis, but Lyme disease doctors have come up with a helpful list. At the 12th International Conference on Lyme Disease and Other Spirochetal and Tick-Borne Disorders in 1999, the following symptoms were discussed:
- Chills without rigors
- Dizziness, Fatigue
- Fever- low grade in less than 30 percent of patients
- Numbness, Swollen glands in the neck and groin
- Stiffness, Sweating, Thirst, Bull's eye rash
Head, Neck and Facial Symptoms
- Bell's palsy, Headache, Hoarseness, Jaw pain
- Muscle spasms in the face, Stiff neck
- Facial numbness or tingling, Swelling of the face
- Sore throat, Difficulty swallowing, Facial twitches
Various Other Possible Symptoms:
- Ears: Hearing loss, Hypersensitivity to sound, Pain in the ears, Tinnitus, Meniere's disease
- Eyes: Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, Drooping Eyelid, Double or blurred vision, Floaters, Foreign body sensation, Eye pain, Sensitivity to light, Swelling around the eyes, Blindness
- Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea, Frequent urination, Changes in weight, Abdominal distention, Anorexia, Kidney failure, Vomiting
- Respiratory/Circulatory: Chest pain, Cough, Shortness of breath, Vasculitis (swelling of the blood vessels), Heart blockages, Atrial fibrillation, Respiratory distress/failure
- Musculoskeletal: Chronic joint pain, Arthritis, Back pain, Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Foot pain, Stiffness in the hands, Musculoskeletal pain, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Stiffness in the hands, Gout, Herniated discs, Inflammation
- Neurological Symptoms: Aneurysms, Brain hemorrhages, Cerebral atrophy, Coordination difficulties, Coma, Dementia, Dizziness, Encephalitis, Meningitis, Numbness, Parkinson's syndrome
- Hepatic System Symptoms: Hepatitis, Elevated liver enzymes, Jaundice, Liver damage
Diagnosing Tick Illness
Tick borne illnesses have many of the same symptoms as other medical conditions; therefore, it can be difficult to diagnose. These illnesses often come with a rash; however, many of the patients diagnosed with a tick borne illness do not experience a rash. When this occurs, Lyme disease doctors may order several tests to help with diagnosis.
- ELISA checks for antibodies in the blood stream. However, it is over 35% inaccurate. For the Elisa test to be accurate, the patient must have had the illness for several weeks. In the early stages of these diseases, the body has not produced enough antibodies to result in a positive result. Unfortunately, the sooner treatment is begun after the start of the infection, the higher the success rate. - See more at: http://www.ilads.org/lyme/treatment-guideline.php
- Western Blot Testing is performed by a laboratory. This test reads and reports all of the bands related to Borrelia Burgdoferi. Unfortunately, this test is not very reliable and often reads a false negative.
- IGENEX, or co-infection testing, checks for multiple tick-borne pathogens in the blood. These pathogens are not checked for with the Elisa or Western Blot blood test.
- Autonomic Response Testing uses muscle biofeedback to detect issues in the autonomic nervous system.
- PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, tests for tick borne illnesses by amplifying specific DNA.
Preventative Tick Borne Illnesses
Preventing tick borne illnesses is simply a matter of avoidance. Since approximately half of the ticks in the United States carry some sort of disease, it is imperative that patients protect themselves from being bitten. If you are going to be in wooded areas, wear long sleeves and pants that are light in color. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your boots. Walk only in the center of the trail while in the woods. There are woods surrounding your yard, keep your grass cut short because ticks cannot survive in sunny lawns. Before going into the woods apply a tick repellent to your clothing and exposed skin. After being outdoors, inspect for ticks and take a shower immediately. Finally, wash all clothing in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.
If you are bitten by a tick, use a pair of tweezers and grasp the tick near its head. Firmly tug on the tick until it releases from your skin. Swab the bite with an antiseptic and apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment. If you begin experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment to see your physician immediately. For more information visit: What Do You Do If You Get a Tick Bite.
Treat Lyme Disease at Rose Wellness Center
Lyme disease can cause infections to occur in multiple organs and produce a vast range of symptoms. Rose Wellness Center has the best Northern Virginia Lyme disease treatment options; our center is dedicated to helping patients deal with these debilitating symptoms. There are multiple treatment options available based on the specific diagnosis of each patient. The Lyme disease doctors at Rose Wellness Center understand that each patient is unique. The integrative practitioners work together to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the patient's specific conditions. We work hard to boost the patient’s immune system to help the body heal. Additionally, we also focus on co-infections, environmental toxins, mold toxins that can weaken the immune system.
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