Borrelia Burgdorferi Lyme Disease: An Overview


Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease is a bacterium-caused infection that is caused by some tick bites. The contributing agent is spirochete borrelia burgdorferi (Bb).

A systemic infection that is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) is known as borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease.

This disease that is transmitted through the bite of a tick.

Lyme disease is a kind of systemic infection caused by the spirochete borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), a spiral shaped bacterium. This disease is diagnosed based on the symptoms, the physical findings and the possibility of exposure to ticks or tick bites. A test from a reliable laboratory is helpful in the late stages.

Many people who are infected with Bb show no signs of this disease at all. However, all transporter of Bb has this certain risk of having this disease at some point. The bacteria may stay inactive for a certain period of time but it may become active by some particular events which include being stressed out or having an infection that would affect the activities done by the immune system.

If the symptoms are already there, this disease is a good master of disguise. There may be few symptoms present but Lyme is usually not considered as its factor. Some health authorities estimate that around 90% of the US population may carry the borrelia burgdorferi spirochete as well as that Lyme disease is a component in more than 50% of the illnesses considered as chronic.

Bb Lyme disease can copy a significant amount of illnesses by producing a variety of symptoms. These are divided into two, the direct tick bite related symptoms. Some of the direct tick bite symptoms are

1) A red spot around the tick bite which would gradually grow larger and a pale area in the middle would appear. This pale area is known as erythema migrans.

2) The erythema migrans would at times appear in other areas of the body even if those are not bitten. For some people, red spots would develop more. Typically, a one to four weeks time period would pass before the erythema migrans appear after the bite.

For the initial systemic Lyme disease, on the other hand, the symptoms include fatigue, pains in the joint and muscle, mild fever, headache, drowsiness and swollen lymph glands.

Patients having Borrelia Burgdorferi often express that they feel like they have flu. This happens because such is a symptom for having chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

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