Thalía has been fighting Lyme disease since 2007 when she was pregnant with her first baby Sabrina. “I calculate that it was on my last month of pregnant when I started feeling extremely tired, with impressive sweating that made me change my pijama about three times a night,” she said in an interview. “I had muscle and joint aches.” Those that have Lyme sometimes don’t even know they have it until they started seeing the after effects. As in the case of Thalia, many people don’t have a visible bite or are not aware of when they get the disease. Due to the complexity of the disease and how difficult it is to detect, it can be an invisible disease.
This week Carmen Salinas mocked the singer when she made unfortunate remarks about the condition she has. “Well, she better bathe her dogs!” she said. Salinas then added to the injury by saying: ““Does she have a deer in her house? You need to fumigate that field, honey, and fumigate yourself too!” This did not go so well with fans of the singer or any respectable human with a conscious. Maybe her comments come from being ignorant about Lyme? That is why we need to learn more about this disease.
Here are 17 facts about Lyme disease:
- 200,000 US cases a year.
- Lyme disease is transmitted by a bite from an infected tick.
- Ticks pick up bacteria when they bite mice or deer infected.
- First reported in the US in 1977 in the town of Old Lyme, CT
- There are three stages of Lyme disease.
- Stage 1 is early localized Lyme disease where that bacteria has not spread throughout the body.
- Stage 2 is early disseminated Lyme disease where the bacteria has begun to spread.
- Stage 3 is called late disseminated Lyme disease where the bacteria has already spread throughout body.
- A tick must be attached to your body for 24-36 hours to transmit bacteria to your blood.
- Ticks can be so small it’s impossible to see them.
- If you are bitten by a tick, it doesn’t mean you get Lyme disease.
- Symptoms after tick bite include fever and chills, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, stiff neck.
- Symptoms may come and go.
- If Lyme disease is untreated and not caught in time, symptoms may includ joint swelling, speech problems, numbness and thinking problems.
- A blood test can be done to check for antibodies to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, the most common test is ELISA.
- Lyme disease is treated by using antibiotics and treatment depends on what stage of Lyme person is at.
- Call a doctor if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms.
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