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Learn about tick-borne illness, how it can become chronic, the challenges with traditional treatment options, and how patients can begin healing.

WHAT IS LYME?

Lyme Disease is caused primarily by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. While it was once considered rare, the incidence has skyrocketed by 320% since the 1990s. We want to emphasize that these are just the reported cases. The CDC suggests that Lyme cases could be ten times higher than the official number, with an estimated 300,000 cases yearly in the United States alone.

Once it has become chronic, Lyme Disease is often called “the great imitator” because symptoms can mimic so many other diseases, including chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.

TICK-BORNE
CO-INFECTIONS

Lyme Disease is the most well-known tick-borne illness, but there are others that have similar symptoms. These conditions also originate via pathogens passed on by the bite of infected ticks.

Learn more about the most common co-infections below.

Bartonella

Bacterial genus causing various diseases transmitted by fleas, ticks, and animals. Bartonella infections can lead to fever, lymphadenopathy, and endocarditis complications.

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Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is prevalent in regions where infected ticks are found, such as the New England and North Central United States for deer ticks and Northern California for western black-legged ticks.

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Babesia

Babesia is a tick-borne parasite that infects the red blood cells. There are over 100 species of Babesia that have been identified to date, but B. microti is the most common strain.

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Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis infects white blood cells and can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to severe illness, concentrated in regions where the lone star tick is prevalent, such as the southern United States.

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Powassan Disease

The Powassan virus is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks, particularly black-legged ticks. It is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier.

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Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness

STARI is an emerging infectious disease that mimics Lyme Disease but is distinct in its etiology and symptoms, a “bullseye rash” being a hallmark sign.

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Tularemia

Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” can affect humans, domestic animals and wildlife. It can be contracted through tick or fly bites, handling infected animals, or inhaling or ingesting the bacteria.

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Rickettsia

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is the third most common Rickettsia disease. It is generally considered regional, with the majority of cases reported from five states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

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Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever

TBRF is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The main symptoms include high fever, headaches, and muscle and joint aches.

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CONCURRENT
INFECTIONS

Our patients often exhibit a higher susceptibility to recurrence of concurrent infections.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Chlamydia pneumoniae

Coxsackievirus

SUB-FAMILY OF CONCURRENT INFECTIONS

HERPES VIRUSES

Herpes family viruses are often overlooked and constitutes an important subset of concurrent infections that require consideration and addressing.

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