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Is there any way to prevent lyme disease in humans?

My brother was just diagnosed with lyme disease and I was curious if there was a way to prevent it... I know you can use tick spray and after being out in the woods checking for ticks but i was wondering if there was any other way?

There is no other way to prevent Lyme disease other than to prevent tick bites. Once you've been bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease, it gets into your bloodstream and can infect you. Most people who are bitten by a Lyme-carrying tick will develop the illness, whether shortly thereafter or in several months (or even years') time, though some don't. The ones who don't are just naturally resistant to the disease, even if they carry it around in their bloodstream.

The best ways to prevent tick bites are to avoid tick infested areas like dense forests, keep your arms and legs covered if possible, and wear bug repellent. For women, keeping your hair pulled back can also be helpful because it's harder for a tick to crawl into your hair if it's pulled back tightly into a ponytail, bun, or braids. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but particularly in the South it is fairly prevalent so the best thing you can do is just try not to get bit at all.  (+ info)

How long does it usually take a person with lyme disease to go blind?

....that is, IF their condition of lyme disease is affecting their vision at all? I don't know if I have lyme disease, by the way, and I won't know until I see the doctor a couple of days from now. Just that in case I do have it, I can have an idea of what to expect. In addition to the severe arthritis pains I've been getting, chest pains, and slight eye twitches, my vision seems a bit blurrier than usual.....

A bit "blurrier" is likely all you will experience. That is, if it IS Lyme.
(Are you familiar with "floaters"?)
And as there's no definitive test for the disease [yet], I would concern myself with getting a good, professional 2nd opinion, just in case the doc orders up the usual ELISA/ Western blot tests and it comes up "negative". Be aware, only ~1/2 the people who actually have the disease test "+" on the standard "Lyme panel"!
If you are on (an) appropriate antibiotic(s) for Lyme, the disease will not "progress" towards blindness, so don't sweat it.
Study up as much as you can on this complex illness, then go find someone who is familiar with the ailment & it's treatments.
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Can lyme disease be spread from one human to another?

I just found a deer tick on me, so I'm a little paranoid now. It was small and couldn't have been on me for more than a day or two, but I am still a tiny bit worried. I was just wondering if I do get Lyme Disease, could I spread it to a family member/friend/boyfriend if I'm not careful?

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How long do the symptoms of lyme disease last? Can it be cured?

I was diagnosed with lyme disease in '93. Could I still be having some symptoms now? I know when I went to the doctor after a camping trip, I had the tell-tale bullseye rash. They said it was lyme disease and I think all that they gave me was tetracyclene. Coluld that cure lyme disease?

Hi Jess B

Here are some ideas to start the healing process. Contacts on the bottom.

Quick Action Steps for Lyme Disease

1. To help determine if you have Lyme Disease, go to Dr. Burrascano's symptom checklist (a.k.a. Risk Profile) using the following link: www2.lymenet.org/domino/file.n...

2. Avoid all alcohol and sugars, all processed and fried foods, all refined flour products, commercial fruit and vegetable juices, artificial sweeteners, and foods that contain hydrogenated oils and trans-fatty acids. Dairy products, caffeine, and non-herbal teas should be consumed sparingly, if at all.

3. Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with plenty of fresh fruits, complex whole grains, organic free-range meats, poultry, and wild caught fish, and drink an abundance of pure, filtered water.

4. Also be sure to be tested for food allergies and sensitivities and eliminate all foods for which you test positive.

5. Useful nutrients include vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin B1, biotin, inositol, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 oils, calcium pantothenate, magnesium, and zinc, as well as CoQ10, acidophilus, the amino acid L-carnitine, and thymus gland extract.

6. Helpful herbs include astragalus, gingko biloba, ginseng, and maitake and reishi mushrooms, as well as cordyceps and Laryx.

7. Get plenty of rest and learn how to effectively minimize and manage stress.

8. To ensure full recovery, also seek out the help of support groups and organizations dedicated to providing information about Lyme disease. The following doctors and organizations are a good place to start:

Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., M.D., 139 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937; (631) 324-7337

Lida Mattman, Ph.D., Nelson Medical Research Institute, 11664 Martin Road, Warren, MI 48093; (810)755-6430

JoAnne Whitaker, M.D., Bowen Research and Training Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 627, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682; (727) 937-9077. Website: www.bowen.org

The following organizations provide further resources and information about Lyme disease:

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. P.O. Box 341461, Bethesda, MD 20827: (301) 263-1080. Website: www.ilads.org

Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. One Financial Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103; (860) 525-2000. 24-hour Hotline: (800) 866-LYME. Websites: www.lyme.org, www.jstd.org

The Lyme Disease Network. 43 Winton Road East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Website: www.lymenet.org

Vonner Health Services. 500 Spring Street, Suite 104, Gainesville, GA 30506; (770) 654-9400. Website: www.vonner.com

Best of health to you  (+ info)

What can you tell me about Lyme Disease?

I was diagnosed a couple of days ago. Been having lots of trouble with my joints, along with an overall feeling of malaise. I'm pretty well versed on the disease itself- was just wondering if anyone can share their personal experiences. I've been put on a 21 day antibiotic regimen. Was your treatment similar? Did it prove effective? At what point might I expect to begin feeling better? Will Lyme Disease do permanent damage to my joints?

Any input would be helpful. Thanks.

I'm sorry to hear that. How long ago did you start feeling sore before you were diagnosed? I'm really hoping you told them right away because I had a tick bite and I stuck with the antibiotics (the regiment I think was a full 30 days) I didn't start to feel better for a few days but I was fully recovered in weeks. But they said had I waited longer it could have been very sick. (They probably would have told you if you had waited too long) Yes, lyme Disease can do irreparable damage to not only your joints but your whole body if it is left untreated. Just please be sure to finish your antibiotics it is very important. Get Better  (+ info)

Where do you send a tick to see if it has lyme disease?

I jusgt pulled a tick out from me and need to know the address to send the tick to see if it has Lyme Disease. Please dont give any nonsense answers. I know to track symptoms and to call a doctor. Im just wondering what the address is.

All you need to do is get a blood test for Lyme disease at your doctor's office. You don't need the tick. This happened to me last summer.  (+ info)

Can you collect partial disibility if you have Lyme disease?

I've had Lyme disease 3 times in the last 2 years, and get really bad headaches, and shooting pains, and it settles in my knees and causes serious knee pain. Can I at least get partial disability?

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How long to get lyme's disease test results back?

2 days ago i got my blood drawn to see if i have lyme's disease. How long does it usually take until I get the results back?

about four days maybe 5  (+ info)

Can you have Lyme Disease without the rash?

My doctor thinks I have Lyme disease, and I exhibit all the symptoms except the bulls eye rash.
Can I still have it?

YES  (+ info)

Is this a symptom of my lyme disease detox?

I just got a picc line for my lyme disease so far have been treated for two days and lately I've had bad mood swings. Everything has been pissing me off. Like everything bothers me for no reason.
Is this a symptom?

If you get worse, it could be POSSIBLY from a picc line infection or maybe a side effect of the antibiotics. Just wait a few days and see what happens. Medications and infections can both cause side effects of irritability.  (+ info)

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