Lyme Disease

This disease impacts your nervous system

Definition

This is a disease that effects the nervous, muscular, integumentary and the cardiovascular system. You can get this disease from a tick bite, you can also have bad pains and aches.

The body systems that Lyme Disease affects

Lyme Disease is a disease that affects the nervous, muscular, integumentary and cardiovascular system.
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How the body system works with and without the disease

  • the nervous system usually sends signals to the brain but when you have Lyme disease it interferes with the signals
  • the muscular system usually makes your body move but if you have this disease it makes you very sore and tired
  • the integumentary system controls the skin but after when your diagnosed with this disease your skin may be bumpy or itchy.
  • the cardiovascular system works the heart but if you have this disease you might be getting heart pains and it might be hard for you to breathe because your lungs are infected.

Target and population

Lyme Disease is most common in the northeastern United States, Pacific Northwest, and the northern Midwestern states. Each year there are about 30,000 cases of Lyme.
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Onset

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi which is carried by the tick.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have this disease you are most likely not going to be able to have any food that has sugar or yeast. The symptoms of Lyme Disease are usually described in three stages. Deer ticks are tiny and hard to see. Most tick bites don't lead to Lyme disease. Immature ticks are about the size of a poppy seed.
  1. A circular rash at the site of the tick bite, typically within 1-2 weeks of infection, it’s often the first sign of infection. A “bull’s-eye” will appear with a red spot surrounded by clear skin.

  2. In some people, the infection will spread to other parts of their body. The person might feel unwell and tired.

  3. The last stage can happen if the earlier stages of the disease was not detected or properly treated. The symptoms of late Lyme disease can appear at any time from weeks to years.
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Diagnosis

Laboratory blood tests are helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Laboratory tests are not recommended for patients who do not have symptoms typical of Lyme disease.

Treatment

The treatments for this disease are antibiotics and herbal medicine.

Prognosis

Lyme Disease is rarely, if ever, fatal.

Connections

  • My dad has Lyme Disease, the doctors said he has had it for 8 years.

  • My grandpa had Lyme Disease but they noticed his earlier so they could treat it sooner and he could get better faster.

  • I selected this condition because some of my family members have or had it and I wanted to learn more about it so I would be aware of this disease.
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