Lyme disease comes from a strain of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi.
Ticks that feed on birds, rodents, and deer infected with the bacteria, end up infecting themselves with the bacteria. They then go infecting humans and dogs spreading Lyme disease.
SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
After a few weeks or even years, symptoms of Lyme disease can appear and when they do, it is as if it wasn’t directly associated with the tick bite. Symptoms tend to vary depending on the persons body chemistry, and when left untreated, symptoms can linger for months and even years.
Early symptoms/signs of Lyme disease (3-4 weeks after being bit)
- skin rash around the bite site
- flu-like symptoms
- fever or chills
- sore throat
Later symptoms (several weeks to months after the bite):
- extreme fatigue
- shooting pains, numbness or tingling sensations in limbs
- swollen lymph nodes
- blurry vision, eye pain or swelling
- night sweats or unexplained chills
- Neck stiffness and migraines
- Muscle spasms
Severe cases exhibit these symptoms that can be life threatening:
- partial body paralysis
- nervous system disorders (even seizures)
- brain fog, state of confusion or memory loss
- difficulty breathing, eating, talking and sleeping
- intermittent pain in tendons, joints, muscles and bones
- abnormal heartbeat
MORE ABOUT TICKS
A tick can be as small as a pea, and found primarily within bushes and tall grass. They are able to jump onto clothes and our legs and animals throughout their fur. When warmer weather arrives in the start of spring into fall, they begin to come alive and wreak havoc. These small, blood-suckers are part of the arachnid family, and come with 8 limbs.
Often harmless, tick bites can pose no threat. When there are infected ticks, there is a deadly problem.Ticks thrive in moist areas of the body. Once they hop on you, they crawl up you searching for a spot to bite and suck your blood. Ticks stay attached to your skin after biting, and grow from the blood being drawn up. The Lyme-infected tick will inject the borrelia bacteria deep into the skin and into the blood stream, causing an infection to spread quickly. Lyme disease is spreading deep into southeast Canada and across the United States. It is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in North America.