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Lyme Disease Threat? Yes, Even in Cold Weather

0 3 years ago

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. These ticks can survive near-freezing temperatures, so they may still be active – and spreading disease – when the weather is cold and you are least suspecting them.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease typically include fever, fatigue, and, at times, a bullseye rash called erythema migrans. If an early infection is missed or is asymptomatic and left untreated, the disease can spread to the heart, nerves, brain, and even the joints, causing Lyme arthritis – inflammation of the joint tissue.

To avoid these problems, you should routinely check your body from head to toe when you are in areas where ticks are most common, such as wooded or tall grassy landscapes. It’s also important, in such places, to wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Early recognition and treatment are crucial to minimizing the risk of long-term degenerative changes of the joints.

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