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The Facts & Symptoms of Lyme Disease

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We’re constantly hearing about the threat of Lyme disease when it comes to our pets. However, sometimes it takes star power in order to bring a dangerous condition into the “Lyme-light” for humans. This is exactly what Yolanda Foster, from the reality television show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and wife of composer David Foster, did after suffering unexplainable symptoms—such as emotional outbursts, nervous system abnormalities, skin issues, and loss brain function. Her diagnoses: chronic Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that is spread by the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in tick insect bites. Once infected, the victim (human or animal) will suffer the consequences in multiple stages that stretch from the first bite to the spread of Lyme antibodies within the blood, and these telltale symptoms…

1. Swollen Bite Mark

The first indication of Lyme disease is often a bite mark, which will often become red, swollen, and quite tender. As the bacteria takes hold in the body, it will often strike the site of the bite mark first—meaning the area where the bacteria entered through the skin will form a reddish rash with a red ring around the bite site the resembles a bull’s eye.

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