Lyme disease is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that health providers and state health departments report roughly 30,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease to the CDC each year by. However, the CDC also suggests that the actual number of cases is closer to 300,000 —  ten times the number of cases that are actually reported. Because of the rate at which this illness continues to grow, now is the time to increase awareness of and vigilance against this tick-borne illness to effectively prevent, diagnose, and treat those people who have contracted Lyme disease.

Our team at Arne Wellness Center is committed to providing patients who suffer from this illness with natural medicine. Our Lyme-literate doctor is not only dedicated to providing natural Lyme disease treatments, but also furthering his understanding of the illness while seeking out new treatments to incorporate into our practice. Our doctor remains devoted to actively educating patients and residents in Littleton and beyond about Lyme disease detection, prevention, and treatments. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and would like to receive holistic Lyme disease treatment in Littleton, call Arne Wellness Center today to get started. As Littleton’s Top Rated Local® wellness center, we provide people suffering from Lyme disease with alternative treatments like chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy to effectively treat the cause and symptoms of your condition and pain.

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through tick bites, which was first detected in 1976 in Lyme, Connecticut, which is where it gets its name. A group of small children presented similar, yet unusual symptoms and became ill with an unidentified disease that would later be classified as Lyme. Since its initial detection, Lyme disease has become more and more prevalent here in the U.S., as health providers have continued to see a steady growth in reported and confirmed cases across the country. The Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association (COTBDAA) states that in 2015, Lyme disease “was ranked as the sixth most common nationally notifiable disease.”

Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease that progresses rapidly and can become a chronic, lifelong condition if it is not detected and treated early. Patients can make a full and quick recovery when this illness is accurately diagnosed and effectively treated. However, there are patients who may experience long-term symptoms that cause severe pain and limited function. If the illness goes untreated, the bacterial infection can advance to the joints, nervous system, and heart. Contact your Lyme-literate doctor right away to being Lyme disease treatment in Littleton.      

How Do People Contract Lyme Disease? (Add Image)

Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans and animals (including pets) through the bite of several types of ticks, including deer ticks and black-legged ticks. Ticks carry the corkscrew-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii, members of the spirochetes family, that cause Lyme disease. Once the Lyme-carrying tick has attached itself to a host, it feeds on their blood until it is removed or until it becomes engorged and drops off. As it feeds, the tick transmits the disease to its host through its saliva. Once a tick has latched onto its host, it takes 36 to 48 hours before it can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme. When identified and addressed early, the illness can be treated successfully over the course of a few weeks through the use of antibiotics. This is why early detection and beginning Lyme disease treatment are crucial!

Where Is Lyme Disease Found?

This illness is found worldwide and in regions all over the United States, including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, and Nebraska. While the CDC’s data shows a larger prevalence of Lyme disease cases on the East Coast, in the upper Midwest and along the West coast, this data reflects only confirmed cases. Ticks prefer wooded areas, tall grasses, shrubs, bushes, and they can even invade residential and commercial lawns.

Risk Factors For Lyme Disease

Below are the most common risk factors for ticks and Lyme disease:

  • People who live, play, exercise, or work outdoors in areas where Lyme disease occurs.
  • Engaging in outdoor activities in or near common tick habitats such as wooded areas, tall grasslands, and along nature trails.
  • Having a pet that may carry infected ticks home on its skin and coat.
  • Children, especially between the ages of five and nine years of age, and older adults.

When Should You Seek Treatment?

If you think you have been bitten by a tick, contact your doctor. If you have been bitten and are displaying signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, especially if you live or have visited an area where this illness occurs, contact your Lyme-literate doctor to begin Lyme disease treatment as soon as possible. If your signs and symptoms diminish, it doesn’t mean the illness is gone. You will still want to contact your doctor to prevent the infection from spreading and becoming a chronic condition.