What Is Lyme Disease?
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease also scientifically referred to as Lyme borreliosis, is a contagious tick-borne disease brought about by no less than three species of bacteria belonging to the Borreilla genus. Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Borrelia garinii are the three bacteria responsible for causing Lyme borelliosis. Many cases of this disease in North Amaerica are attributed to the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto while Borrelia garinii and Borrelia afzelii are responsible for causing most cases in Europe. The disease was first discovered in the towns of Old Lyme and Lyme, Connecticut, USA, in 1975.
In the Northern hemisphere, Lyme borreliosis is the most frequent tick-borne disease. The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of a particular kind of tick called the hard tick and most of these ticks have been found are Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Winsconsin and Minessota, Massachusetts. The white-footed- field mice, raccoons, deer, skunks, opossums, foxes, weasels, moles, shrews, chipmunks, moles and horses are responsible for hosting the hard ticks. Individuals living or spending time in heavily wooded or grassy areas which offer conducive environment for the hard ticks to thrive are more likely suffer from the Lyme borreliosis.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
This disease may affect several body systems bringing with it a variety of symptoms. Not every patient suffering from Lyme borreliosis will exhibit all symptoms and most of the symptoms are not particular to this disease, but may occur together with other diseases. Usually, the incubation period for Lyme borreliosis ranges from one-two weeks, but may reduce to fewer days or extend for a period of months as well as years. During the months of May to September, this is when the symptoms prevail since the nymphal stage of the hard ticks is behind most cases of the disease. During the early stages of the disease, the patient may experience Chills, stiff neck, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, joint pains, fatigues and muscle pains. Additionally, the patient may experience a huge, enlarging skin rash within the tick bite area.
Since the Lyme borreliosis emulate a couple of diseases and its brutality may vary from one person to another it is pretty important not to overlook a tick bite, especially when in an area where this disease has been noted. During the advanced stages of the Lyme disease, more complex symptoms occur. These symptoms are: Erythma migrants: This is a circular ring rash which usually occurs during the first and the second weeks of infection. Though it is among the symptoms of the Lyme borreliosis, it does not develop in many patients. This rash is characterized by a bull’s- eye appearance together with a red spot at the center encircled by a clear skin surrounded an enlarging red rash. Usually it is not itchy or painful. This ring may be difficult to spot particularly on dark toned patients where it may assume the appearance of a bruise. Normally, the ring resolves in about one month.
Sponaugle Wellness Institute Treats Lyme Disease
Due to the dire need for researchers to come up with more effective ways to treat and control the Lyme borreliosis, several treatment procedures have been born. One such procedure is the Sponaugle Wellness Protocol which aims at restoring full function of all the body systems previously affected by the disease by incorporating other means of treatment. Just like other tick borne infections such as Basbesia and Bartonella, the Lyme disease is also an intracellular infection which resides in the cells of each organ of the body. As a result, patients suffering from this disease suffer from damage and reduced function of their brain as well as other body organs. Testing this disease from blood samples only reveals one to three infections. But with the Sponaugle Wellness Protocol reveals more different infections.
In order to achieve an effective Lyme borreliosis, patients do not only require antibiotics, immune systems and knowledge on microorganism but also doctors with the expertise to treat each and every infected body system. Since the body’s immune system relies on each organ of the body, the Sponaugle Wellness Protocol for the Lyme Disease treatment starts with an intensive assessment of the brain functions as well as the functions of other body systems. This is done in order to determine whether the brain and other body systems are function properly. During this procedure, over five thousand mathematical markers from different body systems are analyzed. The Sponaugle Wellness Protocol has also received its share of praise for being effective in the treatment of the Lyme borreliosis.
Diagnosing Lyme & Tick Bourne Illnesses
Diagnosing the Lyme disease can be quite difficult since most of its symptoms mimic symptoms of other disorders. Though a tick bite is an important clue towards diagnosis, quite a number of patients never recall ever being bitten by a tick. Normally, this is not surprising at all since the tick is a tiny creature and its bite is usually painless. The easiest way for the doctor to diagnose the disease is by spotting the bull’s eye rush, but in case it is not present, the doctor is forced to carry out a blood test to check the presence of antibodies against the Lyme borreliosis. Regrettably, the bacterium responsible for the disease is not easy to be to be cultured or isolated from the tissues of the body or fluids. There are two kinds of tests that may be conducted to check the presence of the disease. ELISA is the test conducted to in order to note the level of antibodies fighting against the disease causing bacteria in the body while the Western blot test is the kind of test performed to identify antibodies fighting against a group of proteins usually present in the Lyme bacteria. The Western blot test is usually performed when results of the ELISA test are either uncertain or positive.
The early stages of the Lyme disease can effectively be treated through the administration of antibiotics such as amoxicillin or doxycycline which are administered orally for 2-4 weeks in order to get rid of symptoms such as rush and prevent future occurrence of symptoms such as neurological problems or arthritis. Generally, the sooner the administration of these antibiotics starts, the faster the recovery. In case the disease has spilled over to neurological problems, Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are used. Arthritis can also be treated with antibiotics. After treatment, most patients recover completely.*