Lyme Disease

Lyme disease & LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctors)

Lyme disease is a serious infection that can have potentially debilitating consequences if not treated early and effectively. If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area and think you may have been exposed to ticks or are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease, it is important to see a Lyme literate medical doctor as soon as possible so that you can begin treatment and avoid any long-term complications from the infection. Tick-borne diseases can be extremely serious if left untreated.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which can be serious or even life-threatening. While there is no cure for Lyme disease, it can be treated with antibiotics. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing long-term complications from the disease.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms, both physical and mental. Physical symptoms include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, and fever. Lyme disease can also cause neurological problems such as Bell’s palsy ( paralysis of the facial muscles) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).

Lyme disease can also cause cognitive problems such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating. Some people with Lyme disease also experience depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping.

One classic sign of Lyme Disease is the bullseye rash, which usually appears between 3-30 days after the bite.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Lyme disease is usually diagnosed based on the patient’s symptoms and a history of tick exposure. Lab tests may also be done to look for evidence of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in the blood or other body fluids. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be done to look for evidence of the bacteria in the skin.

How is Lyme disease treated?

Lyme disease is typically treated with antibiotics. The type and duration of antibiotic treatment will depend on the severity of the illness and how long it has been present. In some cases, more than one course of antibiotics may be necessary to completely eradicate the infection. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help relieve joint pain and muscle aches associated with Lyme disease.

Think You May Have Lyme Disease? Contact us Immediately.