Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a multi-systemic illness caused by the spirochete Borrellia burgdorferi (Bb), and is the most common vector-borne illness in the US. It is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (all species), The bacterial spirochete can invade and infect any organ in humans and animals. If not diagnosed early, if left untreated or not treated adequately, it may develop into debilitating arthritic, cardiac, neurological, digestive, or psychiatric conditions. It can cause long-term disability or can even be fatal. It can also cross the placenta into the fetus. It is called the “Great Imitator” for it mimics other diseases such as: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or an array of mental disorder

It is possible for one tick bite to transmit several strains of Lyme called Co-Infections, which may account for increased severity of symptoms and/or persistence of illness. Each co-infection often requires its own treatment