Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mesotherapy Treatment for the Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Summer will be here before we know it and soon many of us will be seeing Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes signs and symptoms ranging from rash and flu-like fever and body aches to more serious ones including joint swelling, fatigue, muscle weakness and temporary paralysis. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor and spread the disease when feeding on a host.

Injections of medications, nutrients and homeopathic elements can help people with the severe symptoms of this disease. Mesotherapy can also help boost the immune system and help reduce the inflammation associate with tick bites.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease 

Not every person who gets bitten by a Lyme disease infested tick gets every single symptom of infection. However most people will notice the tick bite, which may at first only be mildly itchy.

The site of the tick bite often manifests a small red bump that appears within a few days to a month after the initial bite by thetick. The bite may be warm to the touch and tender. After a few days the redness expands to form a rash.
The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease, affecting about 70 percent to 80 percent of infected people.

A deer tick bite.
It is also common for someone who has received an infected tick bite to suffer from flu like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache. The rash can be a small as 1 centimeter across or spread to be as large as 15 centimeters. The rash often resembles a bull’s eye with a red ring in the center.

If the infection is not treated, you may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling several weeks to months after you're infected. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.  This is called migratory joint pain. It can be valuable for your patient to have treatments as the pain migrates, to reduce the inflammation and pian.

In some cases, inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain can cause meningitis or Bell’s Palsy. Numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement may occur weeks, months or even years after an untreated infection. Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and changes in mood or sleep habits also can be symptoms of late-stage Lyme disease.

Less common signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are an irregular heartbeat, inflammation of the eye, hepatitis, and severe fatigue. Large patches of thinning skin may occur on the back of hands, elbows or knees. The symptom of paper-thin skin patches can also be helped with injections of mesotherapy.

Causes of Inflammation

You're more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend time in the grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying the disease breed. In the United States, this includes the Northwest, North Central and Northeastern states. Even in such areas, not all deer ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, and only a small percentage of people or pets bitten by deer ticks actually become sick.

The ticks are brown and often no bigger than the head of the pin, which can make them nearly impossible to spot.

Ticks feed on blood, latching onto a host and feeding until they're swollen to many times their normal size. During feeding, ticks that carry disease-producing bacteria can transmit the bacteria to a healthy host.

Deer ticks prefer the blood of mice, small birds and deer, but aren't averse to biting humans. Only ticks that are attached to your skin and are feeding can transmit the bacteria. An attached tick that has a swollen appearance may indicate that enough time has elapsed to transmit bacteria. Removing the tick as soon as possible may prevent infection.

Care and Treatment

Your patient can decrease your risk of contracting Lyme disease with some simple precautions.

Your first line of defense should be to wear long pants and sleeves when walking in wooded areas. Wearing socks can also prevent a tick from attaching to your ankles.
Apply an insect repellent with a 20 percent to 30 percent concentration of DEET to your skin and clothing before entering grassy or forested areas. Although DEET is very toxic, this can be the only defense from these poisonous bites.

Do your best to tick-proof your yard. Clear brush and leaves where ticks live. They especially thrive in damp piles of branches or wood. Keep woodpiles in sunny areas.

Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Be especially vigilant after spending time in wooded or grassy areas. Deer ticks are often no bigger than the head of a pin, so you may not discover them unless you search carefully. It's helpful to shower as soon as you come indoors. Ticks often remain on your skin for hours before attaching themselves.

If you do see at tick remove it with tweezers. Gently grasp the tick near its head or mouth. Don't squeeze or crush the tick, but pull it out carefully and steadily. Once you've removed the entire tick, dispose of it and apply antiseptic to the bite area.

Oral antibiotics — usually doxycycline for adults and children older than 8, or amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil for adults, younger children and pregnant or breast-feeding women — are the standard treatment for early-stage Lyme disease. These drugs often clear the infection and prevent complications.

Mesotherapy can most certainly be an apt support treate=ment for this ailment. If treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of the disease, you will most likely recover completely. However, some people have recurring or lingering symptoms long after the infection has cleared. Untreated, Lyme disease can lead to arthritis and other serious health problems.

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