If you haven't heard of Lyme Disease, let me explain. Lyme disease is transmitted by tick bites, most commonly the deer tick, which is very small. They can also transmit other infections like Babesia and Bartonella, to name a few. These are called co-infections.
Acute Lyme means that it is new and you have had it less than 6 weeks. This is something that is more easily solved. Chronic Lyme means that you have had it for over 3 months and you could have it for a lifetime. The actual Lyme bacteria have a way of cycling so that they can hide from the immune system. So you could feel periods where you are fine and then feel horrible again.
Doctors believe that the tick needs to be latched on to your skin for 24 hours to transmit the disease. I personally say let's be even more cautious and take our remedies before anything bad happens. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? There are some common symptoms you may feel if you have been bitten by a tick and I can't urge you enough to get on Doxycycline right away if this happens to you.
I typically recommend prescribed medications as a last resort but if Lyme disease becomes chronic is can be debilitating and can ruin your life and livelihood. So this is nothing to joke around about. Of course, being a Naturopathic Doctor, I have even more up my sleeve to help you through this infection and support what your MD is doing with you.
Common symptoms of Acute Lyme include:
This is a rash from a Lyme patient. It is not the bullseye rash but the patient was confirmed to have lyme.
bullseye rash "About 20% to 30% of Lyme rashes have a “bull's-eye” appearance -- concentric circles around a center point -- but most are round and uniformly red and at least 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) across."
fatigue, sometimes severe
other body rashes
Shooting pains in limbs
Lyme disease can be debilitating but with some help you can prevent Chronic Lyme Disease and get the help you need. These are some of the remedies that I use with my patients with great success.
Herxhiemer reaction (Herx): This can happen when the therapy you use kills a large amount of germs. Then toxic material from the germs and the body's response make you feel miserable. It can be a severe worsening of current symptoms, or new symptoms. The best way to recover is to increase water intake, move lymph and castor oil packs. You can also take 1 capsule of activated charcoal between meals, for a few days, to help absorb the toxins.
Locally on Bite
Mix a paste of bentonite clay and let it dry on bite. Wash off
Wash bite with tincture of echinacea or neosporin
Apply my "Healing Salve" to it twice per day.
Never throw the tick away. Send it to www.tickcheck.com
Systemic Immune Support: I can support you with dosing if you sign up as a patient.
Probiotic: 1 capsule 2-4 hours away from an antibiotic
Teasel Root tincture
Ledum 200CK: homeopathic remedy for acute bite
Castor Oil Packs daily-see blog post on how to do them.
Dry Skin Brushing daily-see blog post on how to do it.
Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day (unless you have kidney disease or heart failure)
End showers and baths with a 30sec-1min cool spray
Epsom salt baths
*This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional.
*You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
*Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.