Below are the most popular Lyme disease blogs for 2023! Readers were interested in a range of topics, everything from how to kill a tick on your clothes to the duration of time it takes to get Lyme disease to the various presentations of a Lyme rash. Please click on the headline to view the full blog post.
All too frequently, individuals with Lyme disease are dismissed by the medical community with their symptoms attributed to another medical condition or unrecognized entirely. Lyme disease, acute and chronic, has been labeled a “contested illness,” according to the authors of a new study. This labeling can lead to medical gaslighting.
There have been reported cases of sudden onset or progressive hearing loss as the primary or sole symptom of Lyme disease. In this case report, investigators describe a patient who suddenly lost hearing in both ears and later tested positive for Lyme disease.
The article entitled “Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block Secondary to Lyme Disease: A Case Report,” by Ivey et al. demonstrates how quickly Lyme disease can disseminate with the infection penetrating the heart and causing complications. 
A recent study utilized TickSpotters, a photograph-based crowdsourced surveillance program to identify a variety of tick species found on domestic pets throughout the year. The findings revealed that ticks, although typically thought to pose a health risk in the spring and summer, are present in colder months, including in the winter.
In 2016, researchers from Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the CDC and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin discovered a new bacterial species (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease. Previously, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacterium believed to cause Lyme disease. 
In their article, “Lyme carditis–induced sinoatrial dysfunction after initiation of targeted oral antibiotic therapy: A case report,” Chen and colleagues describe a case in which Lyme carditis triggered sinoatrial node dysfunction that manifest more than 1 week after antibiotic treatment. 
The Bartonella pathogen can be carried and transmitted by various animals and insects including fleas, flea feces, cat licks or scratches, ticks, lice, and biting flies. The infection has been associated with new-onset neurologic and psychiatric symptoms.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a potentially lethal disease that can be transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The disease, which can impact various organ systems in the body, typically presents with vague symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, muscle pain, and nausea.
In this study, conducted in Dublin, Ireland, investigators examined the efficacy of combination antibiotic treatment on various types of tick-borne infections.