Lyme disease

7 Things I Didn’t Know About Lyme Disease Until I Got It

Here is some important information about Lyme disease that I only learned after having contracted it.  Before I was accurately diagnosed with Lyme disease (and other tick-borne infections)—eight years after being bitten by a tick and developing symptoms—my basic understanding of the illness was that it was transmitted by ticks, it caused a bulls-eye rash, and you got […]

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Lyme Disease?

Key takeaways: The cause of Lyme disease is an infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The transmission, or spread, is through a bite from a deer tick. That means the best way to avoid Lyme disease is through prevention. So if you know you’ll be around ticks, protect yourself by using insect repellant, covering your […]

10 Things Family Members Should Never Say to Lyme Patients

Family plays a huge role in our entire lives. From the minute we open our eyes, to the minute we get our diagnosis. Family is different for every single person, how they love you or not. During chronic illness we become dependent on those around us to survive and have a happy daily life. It’s […]

11 Celebrities With Lyme Disease

A bull’s-eye rash is the hallmark sign of this tick-borne illness, but if left untreated, other lingering and debilitating symptoms can develop. These famous faces have spoken out about their struggles and successes with this often-invisible illness. If you happen to encounter the wrong tick, a walk in the woods can turn into a lingering […]

Scientists Think They’ve Unlocked The Secret of Long-Term Lyme Disease Symptoms

Scientists may have discovered a new way of tackling the lingering, debilitating effects of Lyme disease, the tick-borne illness that can lead to flu-like symptoms and a rash called erythema migrans. The latest research suggests that dead fragments of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, continue to hang around in the body and […]

Why Was the Lyme Disease Vaccine Tossed Away?

It was pulled from the market almost immediately after it was developed in 1998. Twenty-five years later, the painful disease is on the rise In the mid-1970s, physicians were puzzled after a cluster of children and adults in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, all developed mysterious, arthritis-like symptoms. They complained of recurrent bouts of pain […]

A vaccine for Lyme disease is in its final clinical trial

Ticks that carry Lyme disease have been on the march, spreading into more forests and brush areas around the U.S. and Europe. But lovers of the outdoors could get a new weapon against Lyme, if a new vaccine candidate performs well. It aims to protect people as young as five. If it were to gain […]

Woman dies by suicide after heartbreaking battle with Lyme disease

A 22-year-old Canadian woman struggling with a debilitating case of Lyme disease committed suicide “to free herself from the unbearable pain,” her grieving dad said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts (and still in shock) that I share the tragic news that our sweetheart Amelie (22) took her own life this past Sunday,” Alain […]

10 Things To Know When Someone In Your Life Has Lyme Disease

Someone you know is sick with Lyme disease. It could be a friend, a family member, a significant other or just an acquaintance. Whoever it is, you have questions. Or maybe you don’t, but you want a better idea of what the heck is going on. This article will hopefully offer some explanation, and can […]

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