This time last year you may not have even known about Lyme Disease, but with high profile names such as Avril Lavigne, Yolanda Foster, Alec Baldwin and Phones-4-U tycoon John Caudwell all going on record to say they have the disease, it’s made the headlines.
But Lyme Disease is more prevalent than you think and it’s a disease that is on the rise. Current estimates by the NHS suggest that cases of Lyme Disease have quadrupled and that there are now almost 3,000 cases a year in England and Wales.
So what is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease, is a bacterial disease caused by bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans via bites from infected black-legged ticks. It can be a devastating condition which leads to other serious health issues such as arthritis and neurological disorders.
How to spot the symptoms
If caught early on, Lyme Disease can often be treated effectively. Early stage Lyme Disease shows itself as erythema migrans which is a circular rash at the site of the tick bite. The rash can best be described as looking like a dart boards bull’s eye.
Flu like symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, headaches and neck stiffness will also affect some people.
Whilst one in three people with Lyme Disease won’t develop this rash, if you spot this symptom then it’s vital you seek medical attention. If Lyme Disease isn’t treated then more serious symptoms could start to show themselves within several weeks, months or even years later.
These symptoms include:
• Inflammatory arthritis
• Problems with your nervous system including numbness, limb pain, facial paralysis and memory problems
• Inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord which will cause severe headaches, a sensitivity to light and a stiff neck
Around one-sixth of those with Lyme Disease go on to suffer long term symptoms similar to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue symptom.
How is it treated?
Diagnosis is made through two blood tests which look for antibodies in the blood fighting bacteria. If Lyme Disease is diagnosed within the first 30 days then it’s treated with 2-3 weeks of antibiotics and there’s a good chance of recovery.
Can Colloidal Silver help?
Whilst it’s important to seek medical help, using colloidal silver in conjunction could help as it’s an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
There are three main ways that colloidal silver can help the body:
-Silver holds onto oxygen molecules which positively react to bacteria and viruses.
-Silver ions can help block the life-sustaining cellular process of cellular respiration in bacteria and viruses by attaching themselves to the cell membrane of the bad bacteria.
-Silver has been shown to attach to DNA, preventing it from the process of unwinding.
How to avoid Lyme Disease
At present the only way to avoid Lyme Disease is to take sensible precautions when you are in areas where the ticks can be found. Most of the tick bites happen between March and October, this is due to the climate and of course, it’s the time of year when people spend more time outside.
You can reduce infection by…
• Avoiding walking in long grass and sticking to the footpath whenever possible
•Wearing appropriate clothing; if you know you’re in an area where the ticks are common then wear long sleeved tops, trousers.
• Use insect repellant on exposed skin
• Wear light coloured clothing to help you clearly see any ticks
If you do find a tick then gently remove it with tweezers and afterwards wash the area before applying antiseptic cream. Keep a close eye on the bite and if there’s any change contact a GP as soon as possible.