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Lyme disease a deer tick bite always have ring

Updated on August 19, 2011

All 4 stages of the deer tick

The purpose of this hub is to educate the public about Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is often mis-diagnosed by doctors and some don't even believe that it even exists.

Lyme disease is a real infectious disease

  • It is caused by at least 3 species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borellia.
  • In The USA Borellia burgdoreri sensu strickto is the main cause of Lyme disease.
  • The disease is named after the town of Lyme,Connecticut where a number of cases in 1975.
  • In 1978 Allen Steere realized that Lyme disease was a tick borne disease.
  • The cause of the disease remained a mystery until 1981 when Willy Burgdorfer identified B burgdorferi.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes ("hard ticks").Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans. Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated byantibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early.Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to the more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat. Lyme disease is a biosafety level 2 disease.


After the tick bites you may get a ring like rash!

erythema migrans - This is a classic example of the rash
erythema migrans - This is a classic example of the rash
Borellia burgdoreri sensu strickto Magnified 400 times.
Borellia burgdoreri sensu strickto Magnified 400 times.

If you are bitten by a deer tick and it has the Borellia burgdoreri sensu strickto bacteria try to remove it as quick as possible,usually if you remove it before 24 hours you may not catch Lyme disease even if it is infected.

How to remove the Tick

  • Smear some Vasoline or Vick"s Vaporub all over it so it can't breath and see if it backs out.
  • If it does not back out in 5 minutes or so then get a pair of tweezers & try to gently remove the tick by the head or as close to your skin as possible.
  • Do not squeeze the tick by its body or twist.
  • When you get it out save the tick so it can be tested.

Don't go to a regular Dr. see a specialist

  • I cannot stress this enough, most doctors don't know how to treat Lyme disease
  • Google Lyme Disease Doctors & find a specialist even if you have to drive 3 states away I would recommend that instead of seeing a doctor who isn't a specialist.
  • If caught early a round of doxycycline can kill the bacteria, but if you get misdiagnosed it can travel through your body and get in your brain,lungs,central nervous system etc.
  • I have heard of many cases where people have went to 20 plus doctors and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to cure Lyme disease in the late stages.

If you don't get treatment

It will continue to get worse, attacking the central nervous system.

Making it difficult to walk,talk or do things you normally could.

You will also lose mobility and the attacks will continue to get worse until you get the proper treatment.

It is hard on friends and family

Once you have caught it, you aren't the same person you were before.

This is has a huge effect on not only the victim but also the victims friends and family.

They may become

  • depressed
  • withdrawn
  • confused
  • hopeless
  • helpless
  • shocked
  • worried
  • frustrated

They may need to join a support group.

When something turns your life upside down like Lyme disease you may not be able to deal with it by yourself.

Also your friends and family may need some help dealing with it.

I recommend either going to a psychiatrist or maybe a support group.

Try a online support group that is in a forum setting.

Just use Google search engine and search for Lyme disease victims forum.

Then sign up and register.

I have included a link here from Healing Well CLICK HERE to join their forum.

This is a good option because it is filled with people who have had Lyme disease or are trying to recover from it.

Another reason why to try the online support group is they are free and money can be a problem due to the rising cost of health insurance.

Stay Positive

Use the power of positive thing,tell your self over and over in your mind that you will get better.

Always remember it could be worse,you could have already died.

Don't worry, have faith in yourself and you will get better.

Dress to prevent a bite

  • Spray on some deep woods off
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear a long sleeve shirt
  • Wear Pants tucked into your socks or boots.
  • Also wearing white can help you find a deer tick before it bites.
  • Also if you have a dog if it goes outside make sure & check it for ticks
  • Treat your lawn with pesticides to kill ticks.

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  • Jen Pearson profile image

    Jen Pearson 

    5 years ago from Alabama

    As someone who ultimately had to diagnose herself before getting help, I appreciate you spreading awareness about Lyme disease. This is a very succinct and easy to read hub that should do just that.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    I think it could be. although I sure hope not!

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    thriftyken 

    6 years ago

    Very interesting reading. I have had a light red circular blotch about the size of a dime on the base of my neck. That blotch did not have the black center, but it is white at the center. I have had it for about a week now and the only symptoms is that my right knee is getting sore sometimes when I am bending. That knee is mostly sensitive when I try to kneel on it. It is sore below the knee. Could that be a symptom of Lyme Disease in Tennessee?

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Hi Teacher joe - Thanks for stopping by, I am trying to raise awareness about lime in the USA that is why I wrote the hub - I appreciate you ;0) Have a blessed week

    Manthy

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    teacherjoe52 

    7 years ago

    Very good article

    We give our dogs brewers yeast and take it ourselves. Ticks,mosquitoes and blackflies hate it. Our dogs never have fleas and the yeast gives them beautifyl shiny coats.

    We live in Canada and it has been around for a long time.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks Jack I will & I am glad you have learned about it,

    prevention is the best protection. Glass

    Thanks for the comments

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    glassvisage 

    7 years ago from Northern California

    Thanks for this Hub - it definitely supplemented what I already know. I am from an area where there are ticks all over the place, but I never saw someone with Lyme Disease until recently and I realized I didn't really understand it.

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    Apostle Jack 

    7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

    Tell the truth and shame the devil.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks Zsuzsy - I think that is a good idea

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    It's also good to remember that ticks don't jump, a person has to brush against the infested greenery. Keeping the grass, weeds, shrubbery in the yard around the house short and trimmed helps keep these little monsters away from humans and pets.

    Great informative hub. Voted up and useful.

    regards Zsuzsy

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    What is so scary about it AEvans, is that is it misdiagnosed about 90% of the time and the longer you have it the more damage it does, it is amazing though how the human body can recover, I have seen some amazing recoveries.

    Thanks for the comment

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    Julianna 

    7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    We really don't see much of that on the West coast but you are right it is rampant and people need to always be cautious. Great read. :)

  • tsadjatko profile image

    7 years ago from now on

    But if that is true why aren't they everywhere? There are woods around my neighborhood not far away full of deer and wildlife and I spend a lot of time in these woods and have never gotten a tick.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    You can't get rid of em, that is the bad part

    TY for the comment TSA

  • tsadjatko profile image

    7 years ago from now on

    Very well done and informative - I have a friend who lives on top of a mountain - well around here a hill is a mountain, but his property is teaming with deer ticks. You can't walk outside in the brush or under the trees without getting full of them and it has always been that way - how can he get rid of them on his property of 80 acres? Is there a way? A crop duster maybe?

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    The Frog Prince 

    7 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Great article. My experience with Lyme's Disease was through my dog, Bullets, experience with it. An infected tick had bitten him and evidently had fallen off. He started losing weight and an interest in food which is unusual for a Boxer. The next really noticeable symptom was he developed a limp in his left rear leg. Sometimes I wish my dog could talk to me.

    I got him to the vet and it was probably just in time. His treatment was a rigorous routine of medication and exercise. I learned more here so I give you my thanks.

    Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

    The Frog

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR

    Mark 

    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks for the comments

    That is so sad Karen - it is really moving across the USA, more people have it now than AIDS. ;0(

  • KarenBorn2Write profile image

    KarenBorn2Write 

    7 years ago from Lincoln, CA

    Thanks, Manthy. Know two gals out here, and both have been VERY sick for several years. Foods have had to change (no gluten/breads, etc.), and their energy is always down. Sad. Ounce of prevention > lb. of cure, eh?

  • anunez49 profile image

    anunez49 

    7 years ago from New York

    wow I didn't know half this stuff! thanks for a great and informative hub!

  • Phil Plasma profile image

    Phil Plasma 

    7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

    Wow, I didn't know anything about Lyme disease. It certainly doesn't sound pleasant. I haven't heard of it happening here, so I think I am mostly safe from it. Useful hub however - especially the tip about seeing a specialist.

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