Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis or Bb) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, whereas Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii cause most European cases. The first known existence of the Borrelia bacteria dates back to up to 20 million years ago. The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, US, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. Although it was known that Lyme disease was a tick-borne disease as far back as 1978, the cause of the disease remained a mystery until 1981, when B. burgdorferi was identified by entomologist Dr. Willy Burgdorfer.
What do I do if I am bitten by a tick?
Remove the tick! Use fine-tipped tweezers, please do NOT handle a tick with your bare hands. Try to grab the tick as close as you can to your skin & its mouth. If you grab squeeze the body you could actually push the contents of the tick into your skin. Gently pull it straight up and out, do not twist or screw it. Do NOT use chemicals of any description or burn the tick off, this will cause the tick to regurgitate bacteria into your skin. After the tick has been removed, wash the area with peroxide if you have it or a lot of warm, soapy water. If you save the tick for testing (highly recommended) place the tick in a jar or a ziplock plastic bad with a damp cotton ball or tissue. Testing a dried out tick is virtually impossible. Igenex does tick testing. There are now free tick testing services, which varies state by state & country by country. You can Google 'free tick testing in your state/area'
Most people never get the bullseye rash & assume that they are ok. This can prove FATAL. Lyme can lie dormant for 30 years or more. Being lazy or trusting the CDC (Center for Disease Control) could cost you your life. It is suggested by 99.9% of Lyme advocates that you get to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and DEMAND 6 weeks of antibiotics such as Doxycycline (Amoxicillin for children under 12 years of age). Obviously, this won't help with any viral infections that may pop up, but it will help with the bacterial infections. If you are refused, you can buy antibiotics online if necessary.
What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?
How long do you have? Lyme has been documented to mimic over 360 different diseases. The list of symptoms are endless and can vary from person to person. Here is good list.