Lyme Disease Science Conversations:
Instagram Conversations

Conversations on Instagram with a leading Lyme disease expert, Dr. Daniel Cameron, about the latest discoveries and advancements in Lyme disease and associated illnesses.

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Even the most severe cases of Lyme disease can be treated. I have seen patients who sit on their Lyme disease for far too long. Do you know anyone like this? How do you get them to get the treatment they need.
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How have you coped with Lyme disease during this COVID-19 pandemic?
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Engorged ticks were expected to have an even higher rate of B. burgdorferi (Bb) infections, but instead had a much lower prevalence. “The analysis of the prevalence of Bb infection in I. scapularis by engorgement state revealed that 24.9% of unengorged ticks were positive,” stated Gasmi, from the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, “while 8.9% of engorged ticks were positive.”

In other words, tick testing isn’t always a reliable tool in determining your risk of infection. If an engorged tick is removed and tested, it is more likely to be negative for the Bb bacteria than a tick that is not engorged. This is disappointing, given that engorged ticks are more likely to transmit Lyme disease.

1. Gasmi S, Ogden NH, Leighton PA, Lindsay LR, Thivierge K. Analysis of the human population bitten by Ixodes scapularis ticks in Quebec, Canada: Increasing risk of Lyme disease. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2016.
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Were you diagnosed using clinical judgment?
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Have you been uncertain or stressed?
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A diagnosis of Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) ′′ sounds good ". But unfortunately, it leaves patients with few options.

Were you diagnosed with PTLDS?
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Did your doctor screen for Lyme disease during a COVID-19 evaluation?

What questions do you want answered?
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Once a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is approved, there will be questions about how safe and effective the vaccine will be for Lyme disease patients.

What questions do you want answered?
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The IDSA questioned the existence and severity of chronic manifestations in their treatment guideline. Was denying the existence and severity of chronic manifestations of Lyme disease a blunder?
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Doctors are beginning to take chronic disease serious since the COVID-19 pandemic. Was your chronic illness taken seriously? ...

Have you been working despite your condition?
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Did your doctor consider Lyme disease during a COVID-10 evaluation?
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The black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis (I scapularis), is now recognized as the deadliest tick vector in the United States.1 The black-legged ticks should also be recognized a cause of chronic disease. Do you feel the black-legged tick is taken serious enough?

1. Wolf MJ, Watkins HR, Schwan WR. Ixodes scapularis: Vector to an Increasing Diversity of Human Pathogens in the Upper Midwest. WMJ. 2020;119(1):16-21.
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Babesia adds complexity to Lyme disease treatment decisions. For example, neither doxycycline nor amoxicillin works for Babesia. Have you run into difficulties finding the treatment you need for Babesia? #LymeConversations
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Doctors are divided over Lyme disease. So are families.

Has your family been divided?
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Did your doctor take the time?
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The symptoms of Babesia and Lyme disease including sweats can overlap. Did your doctor recognize your Lyme disease?
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Was your doctor a partner?
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I use an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Did you require an individualized treatment plan?
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