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Lyme disease: How to spot the signs and symptoms – BT.com

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Lyme disease: How to spot the signs and symptoms – BT.com

While the NHS estimates that around 2,000-3,000 cases of Lyme disease occur in England and Wales every year, it’s still a fairly unknown condition.

In fact, UK charity Lyme Disease Action (LDA) suggest that, “due to widespread lack of knowledge and awareness regarding tick-borne diseases in the UK – amongst GPs and the medical profession as a whole – many people with typical symptoms will not even be tested for the disease.”

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And with former EastEnders star and Loose Women panellist Martine McCutcheon revealing to Hello magazine that she has been diagnose with Lyme disease, here's what you need to know:

Lyme disease - the facts
Lyme disease, sometimes called Lyme borreliosis, can be caught by humans after experiencing a bite from an infected tick (not all ticks carry the disease). Bloodsuckers carrying the disease can be found all over the UK, Europe and North America, in any outdoor spaces, and particularly areas with tall grasses.

That includes your garden and the local park, and it can also affect dogs, with 5-10% of those bitten developing symptoms. But it’s very rare in cats.

Early signs of Lyme disease
According to LDA, early symptoms occur within two to 30 days of being bitten and may include: a circular red “bull’s eye” rash, headaches, a stiff neck, extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of sight, hearing, coordination, digestive system and sleep. You can also experience a fever, flu-like symptoms and bouts of extreme anxiety.

Symptoms of Lyme disease
If Lyme disease is not picked up straight away – which frequently happens because so many of the early signs can easily be mistaken for other conditions – there can be damaging long-term results affecting the entire body. Inflammatory arthritis, numb limbs, facial paralysis, heart failure and even meningitis have been found to develop.

How is Lyme disease treated?
If caught early on, Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics. However, there is no specific test available that can be used to confidently rule out the disease.

The best thing to do is avoid getting bitten by a tick in the first place – that means covering up when out rambling or walking in the countryside, regularly checking pets for ticks and using insect repellent when possible. If you do get unlucky, make sure to get any tick bites checked out immediately by a doctor.

For more details visit LDA’s website at www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk. If you are worried about Lyme disease or have been in contact with ticks and not had any bites looked at, contact your GP.


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