Lyme disease associated with eye problems

doctor examine boy with Lyme disease in the eye
Some Lyme disease patients have described changes in visual function not related to visual acuity measurements. The changes in visual function may be related to contrast sensitivity (CS), which refers to your ability to distinguish the foreground from background. This is not detected by the common visual acuity testing in a routine eye exam.

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Lyme disease: a persistent infection

woman with lyme disease infection holding her head
Chronic manifestations of Lyme disease have been described for more than three decades. In 1970, Logigian and Steere described 27 patients with chronic neurologic Lyme disease, who had been ill for up to 14 years. Some improved, some relapsed and others remained ill. [1]

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Lyme disease and COVID-19 — Understanding the risks

I have Lyme disease patients in my practice who have been ill with COVID-19. Some have taken the COVID-19 vaccine. Others have refused to take it. This survey is expected to help individuals with Lyme disease understand the impact of having COVID-19 and/or the risk associated with the vaccine.

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Babesia symptoms can be deadly: a family’s story

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The number of Babesia cases appears to be rising and as a recent article in the Washington Post reports, the tick-borne infection can be deadly when symptoms go unrecognized.

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PTSD, COVID-19 and Lyme disease: a perspective

man with PTSD and COVID-19 getting console in therapy
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe mental health condition caused by a terrifying event outside the normal range of usual human experience."[1] While it is often associated with events such as an assault or disaster, post-traumatic stress disorder can occur in people with severe health problems.

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Lyme carditis diagnosis during a COVID-19 quarantine

patient with a lyme carditis diagnosis being examined in the hospital room
Lyme carditis is a rare but serious complication of early Lyme disease. It typically causes AV conduction abnormalities in patients with the most severe and fatal cases resulting in third-degree heart block. The condition can occur in a normally healthy individual and has even been reported in children and adolescents.

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What is Powassan virus?

what is powassan virus
The Powassan virus is a tick-borne illness transmitted by the same tick that harbors the Lyme disease bacterium. Although it is still considered rare, the number of cases is growing and if contracted the virus can have devastating and long-lasting effects.

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Can Lyme disease trigger an autoimmune disease?

elderly man with Lyme disease and autoimmune disease taking his temperature
An increasing number of studies indicate that Lyme disease may ignite an autoimmune reaction in some individuals or symptoms may mimic an autoimmune disease. In their report, "Lyme arthritis presenting as adult-onset Still's disease," researchers describe the first known case of Lyme disease triggering Adult-Onset Still's Disease, an auto-inflammatory condition that can impact the entire body (systemic disease).

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Sarcoidosis triggered by Lyme disease

examing lung x-ray of man with sarcoidosis and Lyme disease
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, typically the lungs and lymph glands. The exact cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. But some researchers believe it may be a type of autoimmune disease, involving an abnormal immune response.

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After a tick bite, how long for disease transmission?

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A single tick bite can transmit several diseases. But investigators continue to debate how long a tick must be attached before it can transmit the Lyme disease bacterium. While many believe a tick must be attached for at least 36 to 48 hours before transmission can occur, others say it can happen within several hours.

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