I would like to comment on the article entitled "Beating the Tick" that was in the newspaper on July 8, 2014.
Dr. Michael Ryan, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Geisinger Medical Center, stated, "If you are bitten by a tick, remove the tick as best you can. Then, observe that site. As long as you don't get a bulls-eye look at the site, you won't get Lyme Disease."
This is not a true statement, and I fear people will not seek medical attention because no rash appears after being bitten by a tick. Early treatment is the key so Lyme does not become a chronic disease for that person in the future.
The Center for Disease Control even states on their website that the rash occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons. This means 20 to 30 percent of the people who have Lyme Disease did not get a bulls-eye rash but still contracted the disease.
In addition to Lyme Disease, other diseases can be contracted from infected ticks that have as much, if not more, of a negative impact on a person's body. A few of these are Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella and Mycoplasma Pneumoniae. So even though you test negative for Lyme Disease, you may have some of these other diseases lurking in your system.
Since a close family member was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2011, I have been in contact with many people who are seriously ill, some even debilitated, from Lyme Disease and the many co-infections from this disease. It is sad that insurance companies do not pay for the treatment that is needed to overcome this disease.
The mainstream medical community needs to wake up and take this disease seriously!
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom