Do you have any idea what’s in a tick? Have you ever thought about it? I didn’t know until my entire family was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. As I began researching Lyme disease to my horror I discovered that one single tick can carry hundreds of pathogens, some worse than others.
Ticks are often called dirty needles because of the number of infections they can transmit. While most people may only be concerned about Lyme disease, ticks can transmit many infections at one time. Co-infections are often not considered when a tick bite or infection has been suspected. Unfortunately, most doctors are not even aware that these co-infections exist and may misdiagnose symptoms as something else. The CDC however, does keep a registry of many of these coinfections but the problem is, these infections are not being diagnosed. [Read more…]
Here’s a quick glance chart of Lyme Disease and two of the most common co-infections with their symptoms. This is not an exhaustive list by any means. Notice how many symptoms are similar.
Patients with these infections can present with mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms could wax and wane and sometimes pain can migrate throughout the body. If you have some or many of these symptoms please seek a Lyme Literate physician as soon as possible.