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Could It Be Lyme? Why the Disease Is so Hard to Diagnose

After many years of denying that Lyme disease is even a true disease, scientists now admit the problem wasn’t that the disease doesn’t exist, but that it’s so very hard to diagnose, even with blood work that’s supposed to detect it. According to Today, many people not only don’t develop the hallmark symptoms of Lyme, but often their symptoms will come and go, making it difficult for a physician to suspect Lyme as the cause.

Since national surveillance for Lyme disease began in 1982, the number of reported cases have grown 25-fold. Called the “great imitator,” Lyme disease may mimic arthritis, fibromyalgia, neurological symptoms, cognitive deficits and multiple sclerosis to name a few conditions, and therefore its symptoms and testing may baffle physicians.

With health authorities warning that this may be the worst season ever for mosquitoes and Lyme, it makes sense to learn how to avoid being bitten by ticks, and to know how to treat it if you do get it. Most importantly, prevention is the key.

Begin by avoiding tick-infested areas, such as leaf piles around trees. Walk in the middle of trails and avoid brushing against long grasses. Don't sit on logs, wooden stumps, stonewalls or the ground. Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves with a tight weave. Tuck your pants into socks and wear closed shoes and a hat, especially if venturing into wooded areas.

If you do get Lyme disease, antibiotics are NOT always the best treatment options as they damage your gut microbiome and increase your risk of yeast and fungal infections. To help your body fight the infection, you should also consume a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants.
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