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You know it's summer when we have to tell you about a new report finding Lyme Disease are on the rise it is a bacterial infection actually spreads through text that part you might not know -- doctor -- what else do you want us to know.
And I was just gonna say expect -- -- started it again.
It's a black legged tick.
And you got to watch it and areas that are infested with the year and like here in New York the northeast the Pacific northwest.
Also the midwest northern midwest areas and it's very problematic because you may not know you got it.
Most of the time if you take is on you for more than 36 hours that's when you're at risk and not all -- in the area carrier but many do.
Then you may get -- sixty to 80% of the time you gonna get a bullseye rash or red rash right around the area with a tick -- you that'll help you.
-- then you'll -- to get treated but other than that.
You may just get fever -- you may get Malays and fatigue.
And you may not know where that's coming from -- -- in this region you better get checked out because antibiotics Jamie especially -- -- cycling if you're an adult which -- prescribe all the time.
Can help you if you have early Lyme Disease and can cure you if you got a -- on you.
Don't pull it out try to get it out with a -- -- and get the head out.
And get the pacers out that's really important -- otherwise that you still could get one disease.
You gotta get so -- -- blood testing but that doesn't work right away now why would like people out there to use insect repellent with deet.
To keep there long short and in my case you gotta put the deer fencing up if you got deer everywhere you've got to put the deer fencing.
A doctor somebody what else do you want to -- now in terms of knowing that it's Lyme Disease getting tested.
Well besides the symptoms where you're gonna feel very fatigued you may have -- you may have paralyzed phase.
That you may have even sometimes depression.
I think this diagnosis is a black box I think it's very difficult -- the patients get very frustrated -- one.
Only about fifty to 30000 people in the country are affected by this the epicenter of this is Massachusetts.
But days there -- a lot of overlap with other diagnosis for example of some people may think this is fibromyalgia some -- -- -- -- -- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
So that patients may go from doctor to doctor and it could be on some antibiotics without any result I think the frustrating part of this.
Heidi diagnose it and you may not always have the antibodies.
Number one you may not always have this bullseye rash that mark just described.
And the other thing is that the you know -- -- the center of -- to get about a month of antibodies for arthritic -- you'd probably get about three months.
But sometimes it's -- -- can go on for months and years on antibody so I think you know it's still a diagnosis of exclusion and I think you know that's why.
You have patients that are frustrated just you just have to go through the testing -- talk your doctor and don't ignore it not thank you Eric.
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