The CDC estimates that about 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease each year, between reported and unreported cases. This year, health officials are expecting the worst tick season ever as warmer weather is giving deer ticks a longer lifespan and concern is elevated around a new exotic tick called longhorn or bush tick that has been discovered in New Jersey carrying another deadly virus called SFTS.
It’s also one of the most mysterious diseases on the rise. Natural health expert Dr. Christine Horner says the problem with Lyme disease is that when symptoms first present, most people assume they have the flu. Then symptoms go away, you think you are in the clear, and then it comes back with a vengeance.
Time is of the essence with Lyme disease. The sooner you can treat it, the easier it is to recover, but if left untreated, the disease can turn into a chronic condition – causing emotional stress and physical debilitation – that can last weeks, months or even years.
Educating yourself on Lyme disease is the first line of defense.