Twenty-nine year old Kelly Flanagan, a former contestant on the popular dating show The Bachelor, recently shared that she has been diagnosed with lyme disease, a bacterial infection that comes from a tick bite. Flannagan also shared how difficult her journey has been so far while being in the public eye, because people often judge her for being out and about but not looking sick. Lyme disease symptoms can be episodic, and the severity of symptoms may depend on what stage of lyme disease a person has.
You may already know that lyme disease comes from a tick bite. It can cause very uncomfortable symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. If left untreated, and it often does because the afflicted may not realize that they were bit by a tick or confuse their symptoms for other conditions, lyme disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
Each year, around 300,000 people get diagnosed with Lyme disease in the U.S. Most of these cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest areas of the country. It all starts with a tick bite. Just one small bite can cause fatigue, headaches, fever, sweats, chills, muscle and joint pain, sleep trouble and memory issues. Many of the symptoms of Lyme overlap with other diseases, so getting the right diagnosis can be tricky. The best way to stop Lyme is prevention. We need to get ahead of the tick bite.
Lyme disease starts with a simple tick-bite, and it’s been on the rise in the United States. This bite introduces bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi into the skin, which can cause a round, gradually expanding rash (Erythema migrans). If left untreated, these bacteria may travel throughout the body, causing a variety of symptoms involving the joints, nervous system and heart.
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