If you or your kids are the active type, and spend a lot of time in nature, the overall benefits of doing this have been proven time and again. Health-wise, there are few things that can beat a bit of time in the fresh air getting some exercise. It is important, though, even in the best of circumstances, to be on the lookout for a potential fly in the ointment. Or in this case, a tick.
It is, after all, in woody and grassy outdoor areas that we are most likely to encounter ticks and, as a consequence of that meeting, come into contact with Lyme Disease. While it doesn’t attract as much attention as a lot of illnesses, Lyme Disease can take a substantial toll on anyone who experiences it – and as we will see below, swift treatment is important.
Lyme Disease has some nasty symptoms right away
Early symptoms of Lyme Disease are certainly enough to make anyone feel concerned. Commonly, you will experience fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. As an even greater concern, there may be some swelling of the lymph nodes, which can set alarm bells ringing for some of the more serious types of cancer including lymphoma. If you experience the symptoms above, it is worth seeking medical assistance right away.
The symptoms get worse, and can endure
Months after the initial tick bite, the symptoms of Lyme Disease can still be there, and are liable to have gotten worse since the beginning. Facial palsy can develop, causing one side of the face to droop, and pain can spread to the nerves. Lyme-interested doctors such as Leila Zackrison have also advised that Lyme Disease can settle in as a long-term chronic condition, which will require medical intervention. Some doctors disagree on the diagnosis of chronic Lyme Disease, but if you suspect it may be present it is worth pressing the issue; serious mainstream articles have indicated the skepticism is not well-founded.
The more info you have, the better
Should you suspect that you, or someone close to you, may have contracted Lyme Disease, it is important to arm yourself with as much information as possible, because the diagnostic process depends on that information. The treatment very much hangs on that diagnosis, so it is important to let doctors know where you were when you started to feel ill, where you have been recently, and whether you have found the location of a tick bite on your skin. As much information as possible is helpful, especially given the danger mentioned above of the disease being mistaken for cancer. Or, for that matter, the risk of exactly the opposite.
Lyme Disease can be a very serious condition, but it’s little-discussed compared to a range of others. Getting to the core of the concern and intervening early can prevent it from becoming a long-term condition – so always make sure that your medical professionals are fully aware of any symptoms you may show.Category: Health
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