Lyme is a tick borne disease that can cause a skin rash, fever, chills, body aches and joint pain. Some unlucky individuals even develop severe weakness and temporary paralysis. Lyme disease is caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia, which are carried by deer ticks. One is more likely to get the infection during the summer months, especially if one spends time in grassy woodlands where the tick breeds. When the infection is diagnosed promptly, most people do recover fully. However, there are some individuals who keep on having recurring or lingering symptoms long after the infection has been treated.

Lyme disease when it becomes chronic can present with a variety of symptoms including migrating joint pains, headaches, confusion, excess fatigue, inability to sleep, paralysis of one side of the face and difficulty concentrating. Even though there are reliable tests available they are not one hundred percent sensitive. While most individuals do respond to a 14 day course of antibiotics, some individuals take a lot longer.

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