For over 40 years, Dr. Micha Abeles has provided rheumatology care for his patients. Aside from providing this care, he produced multiple groundbreaking scientific papers and is currently part of the editorial staff of two medical journals. In addition to his passion for rheumatology diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Micha Abeles has an interest in Lyme disease.
Borrelia burgdorferi is a bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Ticks that carry this bacterium can transmit it to humans through a bite. Typically, an individual can assume they have been infected when they have a tick bite that involves a distinct rash, usually resembling a “bulls-eye” with a red center and a red circular ring. However, the absence of the bull's eye does not automatically mean the infection is not present, because only 70 to 80 percent of individuals with the disease develop the rash.
Additional symptoms with an onset of just days or as long as several months following the bite can include severe joint pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, swelling of the joints, nerve pain, and neck stiffness. Because these symptoms are common with other conditions, it’s critical to visit your physician if you suspect Lyme disease.
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