Every year about 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the potentially serious condition and this number could be much higher because of incorrect diagnosis. The diagnosis is scary as well if done correctly. Dr. Sheeba Asad with her naturopathic approach in Warrenton and Culpepper, Virginia offers an integrative approach for treatment of Lyme disease.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted through bites from infected deer ticks. It can affect people of all ages and is especially widespread in younger children and older adults. People who spend time outdoors and close to woods or parks are at higher risk of exposure to a bite from an infected deer tick.
Mostly, the deer tick in painless and unnoticed as the insect is too small. It can stick to your skin for several days and the longer it sticks on the higher your risk of infection that the tick transmits directly into your bloodstream.
What are the warning signs and symptoms?
Fever, chills, headache and symptoms you feel when you have the flu are included in early signs. 70-80% of time infected people also notice a rash around the area on their skin where bite was occurred. Between 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten by an infected deer tick, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
Severe joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees
Tendon, muscle, bone pain
Shortness of breath
Nerve pain, shooting pains
Brain and spinal cord inflammation
How is Lyme disease treated?
If you wait to begin treating Lyme disease, it may become chronic. It can spread to any part of your body and affect any system in your body. Dr. Asad works to assess your specific condition so she can give you the most comprehensive treatment plan to relieve painful symptoms while eliminating the underlying infection. Many individuals have success treating Lyme disease with both naturopathic and conventional methods including antibiotics, IV therapy and herbal medicine.
If you experience any of the symptoms of Lyme disease and you believe you were exposed to a deer tick, contact the clinic right away or schedule the next available appointment online. The experienced Lifestyle Physicians team wants you to know this disease is treatable and you can recover from its painful symptoms.