What is Lyme disease? The symptoms to look out for and how to prevent catching the disease

Lyme disease is spread through ticks
Lyme disease is spread through ticks
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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks.

Ticks that may cause Lyme disease can be found all over the UK. Areas with the highest risk tend to be grassy and wooded areas.

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Here are the symptoms to look our for, and how to protect yourself.

EARLY SIGNS OF LYME DISEASE

* A “Bulls eye” rash - On contracting the disease a bulls-eye rash is normally the tale-tail sign, but only 50 per cent of people get a rash.
* Other symptoms mimic other illnesses so it is easy to be dismissed and go undiagnosed.
* Joint pain
* Nausea
* Migraines
* Chills and flu-like symptoms
* Fever

LYME DISEASE PREVENTION

* Wear long sleeves and trousers
* Wear coloured clothing so it is easier to spot ticks
* Wear insect repellent
* Do a body check - ticks can hide behind ear lobes
* Know the symptoms of Lyme disease

LATE-STAGE LYME DISEASE SYMPTOMS IF LEFT UNTREATED

* Organ failure
* Heart palpations
* Paralysis
* Arthritis
* Weight loss/weight gain
* Vision and hearing problems
* Low core body temperature
* Heart disease
* MS
* Tingling and pins and needles
* Burning soles
* Muscle pain and weakness
* Memory loss and brain fog
* Gastro problems
* Intolerances to food, chemicals and materials
* Joint pain
* Migraines
* Neurological problems

LYME DISEASE FACTS

* Lyme disease bacteria is of a corkscrew nature and so drills through tissue, cells and organs.
* Lyme Disease is now known to be a bigger epidemic than HIV.
* More info can be found on the Lyme Disease UK website: www.lymediseaseuk.com