Decoding Lymes Disease Part Ii

As Lyme disease makes itself evident, the following notable early lyme disease symptoms observed.

Erythma migrans – Lyme Disease rash that is noticed in nearly eighty percent Lyme disease cases that commences as a minute red colored mark that enlarges in due course of time that could range from days to weeks, eventually leading to the formation of a rounded, triangle-like or elliptical shaped rash. At times, the lyme disease rash looks quite similar to a bull’s eye due to the presence of a reddish band encircling a core clear spot. The size of the rash could vary from a small coin and could even be as big that it could cover the entire backside of an individual that would become evident in mere weeks following a tick bite, normally seen at the bite location. With the infection proliferating, numerous rashes surface at varying locations over the body.
This form of lyme disease rash is mostly associated with flu similar signs like headache, neck stiffness, body pain, tiredness and fever would be similar to the regular viral infections and normally go away in a matter of days or weeks.

Arthritic Pain – Weeks subsequent to having been infected with Lyme disease, roughly sixty percent of those individuals that do not take the antibiotic course, have relapses of agonising pain and inflamed joints which endure from days to a couple of months. The arthritic pain relocates to either of the joints alternately. The knee is noted bear the brunt the most and normally one or certain joints get affected during a particular period of time. Nearly ten to twenty percent of those patients that do not undergo treatment would get persistent arthritis in the imminent future. The joints that connect the knuckles of the hands have been observed to be seldom affected.
Heart Abnormalities – About one in ten Lyme disease cases display the symptoms of cardiovascular ailments like arrhythmic and sluggish heartbeats that can be indicated by the signs of giddiness or breathing distress. Such indicators would hardly ever endure for greater than a couple of days or weeks. These heart irregularities usually become evident subsequent to quite a few weeks following the infection, and quite often start to improve even prior to any treatment being carried out.
Neurological impact- Lyme disease is known to not spare even the nervous system leading to signs of neck stiffness, excruciating headaches or meningitis, partial paralysis of the muscles in the face also known as Bell’s palsy, lack of sensation, pain or feeling weak in the limbs or reduced dexterity. There are certain faint alterations like loss of memory, trouble concentrating and mood variations or disturbed sleeping patterns have additionally been linked to Lyme disease. Individuals displaying the later signs solely in the rarest of occasions have Lyme disease being their reason.
The nervous system gets affected usually within few weeks, months and even years subsequent to an infection that is not treated. Such signs mostly endure for a period of weeks and even months and could relapse. Such traits of Lyme disease normally settle down even prior to commencing on the antibiotic course. Those persons ailing with neurological dysfunction normally have complete recovery.

Lesser known indicators- The early lyme disease symptoms could include irritation, redness and swelling in the eyes, hepatitis and chronic exhaustion, though neither of these ailments are likely to surface without the other lyme disease symptoms being apparent.
Decoding Lyme’s Disease – Part IIJuvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) – Children affected with rheumatoid arthritis may display persistent fever and anaemia. This could have an undue bearing on the organs like heart, lungs, eyes and the nervous system. The arthritic occurrences could prolong for many weeks with repeated recurrence, though the signs would be of lesser intensity during the relapse episodes. Infants affected with JRA could display signs like:
Recurrent fevers that soar to 103degrees or more.
Pinkish rashes that seem to be sporadic in nature.
Inflammation noted in the eyes.
Joint aches and swelling that could be accompanied by rigidity.
Walking lamely.
Lowered levels of activity done.
Deterioration of fine motor skills.
An impairment noted in the growth and development of the bones.
Effect of RA on both sexes – It is factual that those women with rheumatoid arthritis would have an imminent delay in conception as compared to other healthy women. The likely reasons are irregular ovulation and lowered sex drive or lesser sexual contact mostly because of the pain and weariness associated.
Men during the escalated episodes of rheumatoid arthritis have transitory lowered sperm count and functioning, possible erectile dysfunction and lowered libido. If treated properly, fertility is adequately restored in both sexes.

Decoding Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease, the tick bite transmitted bacterial infection was initially identified in 1975, subsequent to the research work undertaken by scientists to delve into the reasons behind the unnaturally huge populace of infants being detected with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in areas like Lyme, Conn and duo adjacent settlements.

The examiners found that a major population of children that were affected resided in the close by forested locales where ticks were believed to thrive. The researchers additionally noted that the preliminary lyme disease symptoms classically commenced during the summer season that overlapped with the peak time for the ticks.

Numerous patients cited displaying unusual kinds of rashes on the skin just prior to having symptoms of arthritis, and several patients also remembered having a tick bite at the location of the rash.

Detailed analysis lead to unravelling of the fact that the small deer ticks showed the presence of the twisted shaped bacteria known as spirochete, that soon after was named Borrelia burgdorferi, were the cause for the outburst in Lyme. Regular wood ticks and those ticks found in animals like dogs are known to not transmit the infection.

The usually Borrelia Burgdorferi- infected ticks normally nosh and copulate on the deer during the course of their life span. The latest spurt of the deer populace in the north-eastern regions and constructions of suburban expansions in the rural regions where the deer ticks are generally present, are possibly responsible for the raised numbers of cited Lyme disease cases.

Lyme disease is known to cause cardiovascular, brain and nerve ailments in addition to causing arthritis. The disease is contracted via a bite from a particular tick variety. This tick form is found on the bodies of animal forms like white-footed field mouse, chipmunk, deer, raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, fox, shrew, mole, squirrel and horse. A major population of ticks are been noted in countries like New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Minnesota.

In the preliminary phases of the Lyme disease, the person affected would exhibit flu-similar lyme disease symptoms which could comprise of a stiffness noted in the neck, feeling chills and feverish, swelling in the lymph nodes, weariness, soreness in the muscles, joint aches and headaches.

One might even notice an outsized, intensifying rash on the skin encircling the region of the tick bite. Pains experienced in the joints and muscles are the other initial lyme disease symptoms. In later stages of the disease, knee arthritis and nerve problems surface.

Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a black-legged or deer tick. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi is responsible for the infection. Common chronic Lyme disease symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever and skin rash. If not treated in time, Lyme disease becomes chronic in nature.

The following are some of the chronic Lyme disease symptoms:

Third Stage
Chronic Lyme disease is also called third stage or late stage Lyme disease. This can result from an inaccurate diagnosis or ineffective treatment. The Lyme Disease Research Database has suggested that chronic disease can result from incomplete killing of the bacteria. Also the conditions may be suitable for bacterial growth. Abandoning treatment midway can also contribute to chronic disease. Certain symptoms may recur after months or years.

Arthritis
Chronic lyme disease can lead to arthritis, which causes pain of the joints. It also causes stiffness of the knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders. Other smaller joints such as wrists, fingers, and toes might also be affected. Stiffness of the neck is also common. Pain in the ribs and chest is possible in worse cases.

Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue is characterized by extreme fatigue that is not alleviated by rest and sleep. Physical activity or exertion may worsen the condition. Other symptoms of the disease include joint pain, headache, sore throat, and tender lymph nodes, especially in the armpits and neck.

Nervous disorders
Some of the neurological problems associated with Lyme disease include numbness, tingling, itching, and burning or crawling sensations. Other symptoms include Bell’s palsy, aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, and encephalopathy, which is characterized by memory loss, depression, anxiety and problems related to cognition.

Cardiac problems
Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia is a common chronic Lyme disease symptom. Inflammation of the lining of the heart or pericarditis also occurs. In extreme cases, it can cause heart failure. This is in accordance with research conducted by Maryland Medical
Center.

Others
Other chronic Lyme disease symptoms include blurred vision, visual impairment, ringing in the ears, palpitations of the heart, shortness of breath, stomach ache, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, pain in the pelvis, and urinary incontinence. Intrauterine infection is common among pregnant women. It is also possible that the disease is transferred from the mother to the fetus, especially in the first trimester.

Chronic Lyme disease seldom caused death. But, the symptoms can be dilapidating. The disease is best combated in the early stages.

Alzheimer Treading The Austere Path

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent reason of dementia that has inflicted an approximate 5.3 million individuals in the United States.

So many families learn how Alzheimers disease could have ravaging consequences and affected loved ones changing into someone totally different. The Alzheimer’s Association has estimated that one individual is known to develop this condition in every seventy seconds in the United States and the number of individuals affected due to Alzheimer’s is likely to rise two folds in every two decades time. The economic costing of this condition is almost as bleak as the toll it takes on emotions. Annually, an approximate 148 billion are shelled out towards the treatment of Alzheimers disease that involves the direct Medicare and Medicaid costing and indirect costing to commerce. These statistics analogous to the lumber of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is only about to deteriorate further.

Alzheimer’s is incurable and the harm that it causes could initiate ten’s of years back prior to the person even being symptomatic. The precise reasons are still fuzzy, though tangle and plaque formations in the brain are believed to be the reasons behind the appearance of symptoms like loss in memory, dearth of proper judgment, moodiness or behavioral fluctuations. With no apparent cure, the query boggling scores of people is what could people having a genetic history of the condition do when they are nearing an age when the illness could have already taken root and what could be done for preventing or slowing down the arrival of this devastating illness?

Scientists are certain that doing some form of mental activity like reading, engaging in thought-provoking activities like doing board games, or playing some kind of musical instrument or even shaking a leg by trying some dance moves has been observed to lower the chances of developing any kind of dementia. It is all about engaging the brain, building up on some social networking and in this way one is already putting off this illness or in most probability avoiding it.

Other researches have revealed an association between unhealthy lifestyle and a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A study recently carried out in the Archives of General Psychiatry drew to a conclusion that individuals with a family history of the condition, hypertension or high blood pressure in their thirties onwards are at heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease when old.

Those having a family history of the condition could avert it by not smoking, eating a wholesome and healthy diet that is good for the heart, staying free from stress and exercising on a regular basis. Not only would these pre-emptive measures lower one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s but additionally enhance QOI or quality of life.

Being obese not only is risky for the heart, but also could be detrimental to the brain as what obstructs the flow of blood to the heart would usually lead to the analogous effect on the brain. High levels of blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol are all known to impede the flow of blood and all in unison raise the risk of eventually contracting Alzheimer’s disease during years later on.

Studies reveal that exercising which increases the heart rate for at least thirty minutes done numerous times during the week would be the solution to staving away this condition. Engaging in physical activity is proven to enhance mental functioning and keeping the brain sharp and healthy as one grows old. It all finally boils down to staying active for keeping both the brain and the body healthy.