Doctor Oz spoke about Lyme Disease, which is caused by ticks that carry the Borrelia Bacteria. Do you know what the symptoms are for Lyme Disease? The treatment of Lyme Disease is most successful if you catch it and treat it in the first 36 hours. Do you know how to prevent Lyme Disease? Dr Oz answered all of these questions about Lyme Disease!
Lyme Disease can cause migraines, paralysis and even death. Tens of thousands of people die every year from Lyme Disease, and many people do not know what is wrong with them until it is too late. Ticks pass on Lyme Disease by transmitting the Borrelia Bacteria into your blood. The name “Lyme Disease” is named after a town in Connecticut called Lyme, CT. However, you can get Lyme Disease in every state in America except for Hawaii – so no, Lyme Disease is not just found in New England states. Ticks have 8 legs and a dark colored / black body. 78% of people who get infected with Borrelia Bacteria get a rash called a bulls eye rash, which is in the shape of a (you guessed it!) bulls-eye! The center of the bullseye is where the tick bites you, and it can take 3 to 30 days for the bullseye rash to occur. Regular symptoms of Lyme Disease are only found in 1/3 of patients, but include the following:
First Lyme Disease Symptoms
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
Secondary Lyme Disease Symptoms:
- Facial Palsy
- Heart Palipatations
- Neck Stiffness
Years Later – Lyme Disease Symptoms:
- Concentration Problems
How to Remove a Tick:
If you were bitten by a tick, you should use tweezers to grab the head of the tick and to lift up and remove the tick. By removing the tick by grabbing onto the head, you do not inject your blood with extra bacteria.
3 Ways to Prevent Lyme Disease:
1. Wear a jacket to cover your arms, and cover your feet and skin to protect yourself in grassy or wooded areas. Also, Dr Oz mentioned that wearing light colored clothing can be helpful to see if ticks are on your clothing.
2. Certain insect repellents can help to keep ticks away from you.
3. Shower right after you get back from your hike in wooded areas.