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Is This Tick Borne Illness the New Lyme Disease?

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Watch out for ticks! And not just because of Lyme disease, but another very similar disease from the same family of bacteria.

What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Of course, if we’re calling this the new Lyme Disease, it helps to know what Lyme Disease is in the first place. And while we’ve all heard of it and know that it comes from ticks, what does it do?

It’s an infection that causes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and, most notably, a characteristic rash.

This infection, however, can actually spread all the way to your nervous system. If left untreated, it can become a chronic condition that’s difficult to treat–even if in early stages it’s fairly easy to get rid of with some antibiotics.

So, What’s the New Lyme Disease?

Most of the same symptoms appear in this new disease, caused by the Borrelia miyamotoi bacteria–but there’s one key difference.

Lyme disease usually causes a rash. That’s not the case with this new disease, which doesn’t cause a rash as often as not.

Managing the New Disease

So, what can be done? Blood tests for the disease aren’t currently widely available, and a Lyme Disease blood test won’t catch them either.

In general, individuals need to be vigilant about the symptoms indicated above, and be aware if they may have recently been bitten by a black-legged tick.

If you’ve been anywhere you think you may have been bitten, check your clothing for ticks as soon as you come indoors. Ticks can be killed by running clothes in the dryer for just ten minutes.

Where do you have to worry about ticks? Outdoor gear, any animals that spend time outside. Check your body–especially in your hair.

Want to know more? Call Capital Medical Associates to schedule your appointment today.

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