Lyme disease, also called borreliosis, is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s transmitted through infected black-legged tick bites.
Lyme disease is also known as Lyme borreliosis (or simply borreliosis). It’s is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (and sometimes Borrelia mayonii). It’s transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. It is called Lyme disease because its first incidence was reported in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. Here, we’ll dive deeper into what you need to know about Lyme disease, especially when it becomes a chronic problem.
Lyme Disease Transmission
Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne disease that is most common in Europe and the United States. It’s transmitted by ticks that are infected after feeding on infected deer, mice, or birds. Lyme disease mostly thrives in heavily wooded or grassy areas. The black-legged tick usually attaches to the human skin for at least 36 hours before transmitting the infection. When the tick bites human skin, the infectious bacteria enters the blood and causes the infection. Removing the tick from the skin as early as possible may help to prevent the infection.
Important note: Lyme disease is not contagious. You will not catch Lyme disease from someone else who has it. It does not spread via sneezing, cough, touch, breastfeeding, or sexual intercourse.
Stages of Lyme Borreliosis
Lyme borreliosis has three stages, and its signs and symptoms may vary according to each stage. Symptoms of Lyme borreliosis can also vary in severity from person to person.
Stage 1 is the early localized stage that starts to appear 1 to 2 weeks after the tick bite. Its signs and symptoms may include the following:
- Rash or erythema that appear on the site of the tick bite. This rash resembles a bull’s eye, as it has a clear spot in the center surrounded by redness on the edges. Itchy and painful erythema migrans are the major sign of Lyme borreliosis, and it may last for three to 30 days. Note that many people don’t develop this symptom, which can make borreliosis especially hard to diagnose.
- Fatigue, chills, neck stiffness, fever, vision changes, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Stage 2 is called early-disseminated disease. Its signs and symptoms appear after several weeks of the tick bite. This stage is associated with systemic infection, which means that the infection is spread all over the body via blood circulation and that other body organs are also affected by it. Its symptoms include the following:
- General feeling of unwellness.
- Multiple rashes on the body (other than the area of the tick bite).
- Irregular heart rhythm (Lyme carditis).
- Numbness, meningitis, facial palsies, and other neurologic symptoms.
Symptoms of stages 1 and 2 often overlap.
Stage 3 is called late-disseminated disease. Its symptoms often appear after months to years of untreated Lyme borreliosis. These symptoms may include the following:
- Erythema migran rashes (multiple rashes) that appear on other areas of the body.
- Severe joint pain (arthritis) and swelling.
- Inflammation of the membranes of the brain (meningitis) that can lead to numbness, paralysis of one side of the face, and impaired muscular movements.
- Encephalopathy, mental fogginess, short-term memory loss, and speech and sleep disorders.
Lyme Borreliosis Treatment and Prevention
The best way to handle borreliosis is through prevention and immediate treatment. Here are four key tips to follow:
- Lyme borreliosis can be prevented by preventing tick bites.
- Wear long pants and full sleeves outdoors.
- Use insect repellent spray. (Better yet, drink Cistus incanus tea, which may ward off ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects.)
- Remove ticks as soon as possible using tweezers.
Lyme borreliosis is often successfully treated by using oral and intravenous antibiotics prescribed by a physician.
Try Drinking Phyllanthus niruri Tea for Borreliosis
If you’re concerned about a tick bite or if you have borreliosis, we recommend that you consider drinking Phyllanthus niruri tea.
Phyllanthus niruri has been used around the world for thousands of years to address kidney stones and a variety of chronic illnesses. Its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-plasmoidal qualities can help to attack the spirochete that causes syphilis. It has 100+ bioactive compounds. It’s not a hammer that pounds pathogens. Instead, it offers fantastic support to the body’s immune system. That’s why Phyllanthus niruri makes a wonderful support for Lyme disease treatment. It is thought that Phyllanthus niruri blocks the spirochete from replicating and that it interferes with the outer surface proteins (OSPs) that are integral to the ability of Borrelia burgdorferi to evade the immune system.
First, arm yourself with the facts:
- Learn 5 ways to prevent Lyme disease.
- Identify Lyme symptoms and get Lyme support.
- Learn about Borrelia burgdorferi and Lyme disease.
- Recognize the 5 Lyme disease myths.
- Learn how Phyllanthus niruri may help fight Lyme.
- Learn about Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and Phyllanthus niruri.
- Identify 5 ways to find a trusted source for Phyllanthus niruri.
- Read our free Lessons from the Darkness e-book: lessons from Linden Botanicals owner Michael Van der Linden, who suffered from Lyme for almost 4 years.