Did you know that waiting and watching for symptoms from a tick bite could put you at risk for a chronic infection, costing you thousands of dollars a year?
Ticks carry more than just Lyme bacteria and Lyme is only one type of Borrelia. Ticks in every state carry bacteria, parasites, and viral infections making them the perfect storm attacking your immune system and causing a lifetime of serious health conditions. Because of this, Lyme literate doctors recommend treating every tick bite with a minimum of 3 weeks of Doxycycline. If there are any symptoms at all, a rash (not just bulls-eye), fever, joint pain, muscle weakness or flu-like symptoms, you must treat with a minimum of 6 weeks of Doxycycline and keep treating until symptoms are gone.
If you prefer the natural route, you must seek out a physician who understands the complexities of multi-tick-borne pathogens and who can treat you aggressively in order to prevent a long-term infection.Ticks of all sorts, in every state and around the world, carry pathogens that can cause infection. #lymedisease #lymeawareness Click To Tweet
Once these infections go systemic you will have them forever and your only real hope is to get to a place where your body can handle the infections, putting you in a sort of remission. This requires aggressive treatment as well as very strict diets, stress management, and doing everything you can to boost your immune system.
When you have Lyme disease your regular primary care physician won’t treat you beyond 21 days unless you have a great doctor who understands the complexities of tick-borne diseases and isn’t afraid to buck the system.
If your primary won’t treat you, you’d be wise to find a doctor who knows what to do. If you wait and become chronic here is a quick breakdown of what you could expect to pay out of pocket.
Most doctors don’t believe that Lyme disease can become a chronic condition even though there are over 700 peer reviewed articles supporting chronic Lyme.There are over 700 peer reviewed articles supporting chronic Lyme. Click To Tweet
There is no average length of treatment because there are so many factors involved. You must take into consideration previous health, stress levels, past emotional trauma, co-infections involved, environmental toxins, heavy metal exposure, nutritional deficiencies, gut health, and the person’s ability to detox.
My family has experienced the cost impact firsthand since all 6 of us have had chronic Lyme and coinfections. Thankfully, our insurance paid for much of our medication leaving us to pay co-pays and out-of-pocket for anti-malarial medications. Doctors visits for chronic Lyme are not covered by insurance. Now that we are being treated holistically our costs are completely out of pocket. To give you an idea of how long a chronic infection can last – we’ve been doing this for 10 years. Thankfully, our costs have become significantly lower each passing year and there are many ways to keep costs down.
Only 25% of Lyme infections produce a bulls-eye rash. Most people never see a tick bite. Take precautions and prevent Lyme disease in the first place.
Many will say, “We get tick bites all the time and we never get sick!” I can’t tell you how many people call me years later to explain that they’re so very sick and concerned they have Lyme disease. Almost everyone that I’ve followed through with, finds that they’ve had an infection for a long time.
You see, if your immune system is strong you may have contracted the bacteria but your body keeps it in check. The minute your immune system becomes compromised the bacteria use that as an opportune time to do its damage.
Please become knowledgeable about this disease.
It’s not just Lyme but it is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!