Chronic Lyme disease symptoms
Lyme disease is a severe and potentially debilitating condition caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria is transmitted to humans through a bite of an infected tick. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, joint pain, and rash. If left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of the body and lead to more severe health problems. Early diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as Lyme disease are critical to preventing these complications. Yuliya Litvak is an integrative medicine specialist at Art of Natural Beauty by Khrom Aesthetics who can provide holistic, herbal, and natural support for this and other conditions impacting patients in Brooklyn, New York.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
The most commonly recognized symptom of this condition is a bulls-eye rash that develops around the tick bite site 3-30 days after exposure. Other early signs might include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle or joint pain. In some cases, Lyme disease can cause neurologic symptoms such as numbness, tingling sensations, or Bell’s palsy (facial muscle paralysis).
How is Lyme disease diagnosed?
A diagnosis of Lyme disease is typically based on your medical history and the appearance of the rash. Blood tests are sometimes used to help support Lyme disease diagnosis in people who have no clear evidence of a tick bite or other risk factors for contracting the infection. Additional blood tests may be done if there are concerns about complications from untreated Lyme disease.
What are the complications of Lyme disease?
If Lyme disease is not treated promptly, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause more serious health problems. These complications include meningitis, joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), and heart problems. Lyme disease can also lead to cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbances, and fatigue that can last for months or even years after treatment has been completed.
How do I find out more about treatment for Lyme disease syndrome?
If you are seeking chronic Lyme disease treatment options for yourself to improve your quality of life, connect with the Art of Natural Beauty by Khrom Aesthetics team at 718-521-2912 to request a consultation visit at our Brooklyn, NY office.