The Hidden Disease Of Summer

Warning! Summer months may not be beneficial to your health!  

Did you know that a simple bite could cause you no end of problems? Read on to find out why and how you can easily avoid the dangers.

Spending time outdoors is great for your health

Now that the weather is warmer we all like to spend more time outdoors enjoying the summer sunshine, and the countryside is an ideal location.

However the great outdoors can hold unknown dangers

Moorland, forestry and long grass, for instance, are the ideal environments for ticks and a bite from a tick can cause you more problems than the initial discomfort.  Tick bites picked up whilst enjoying being out in the countryside can lead to Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is currently a hidden condition

Once the initial tell tale rash and flu like symptoms have passed diagnosis can be difficult with the current standard tests often not detecting that anything is amiss. Worse still, many people are unaware that they have been bitten in the first place or may never get those classic first symptoms.  By the time they realise anything is wrong the condition is very set in but possibly unidentifiable as to what it actually is.  To add to the problem Lyme is still a relatively new condition and therefore, in some cases, not always recognised by doctors.  Consequently it can be dismissed as a potential option altogether.

The main culprit is the Borrelia bacteria

Ticks carry the Borrelia bacteria which is one of the main causal factors in Lyme Disease.  In reality it is possible to pick up Boreillia from a number of sources, including insect bites, and a lot of people do carry very small amounts of it without any significant effect.  Lyme develops when the Borrelia bacteria spreads throughout the body.  This weakens the immune system and the overall homoeostatic balance allowing other bacteria and viruses to get a hold.  Consequently there is a general decline into ill health with many different symptoms ranging from muscular pain and neurological problems to digestive issues.

The condition is hard to treat

Due to the difficulties in identifying Lyme for what it is, and the wide range of often disparate symptoms it produces, treating the condition can be difficult.  Conventional medicine tends to treat with antibiotics, often in very strong doses, but the result is generally that the symptoms are suppressed without the underlying cause being tackled.

Prevention, however is always better than a cure

As with everything prevention is always better than a cure – simply don’t get exposed to the Borrelia bacteria in the first place!

Just follow these simple measures to keep yourself bite free whilst enjoying the countryside:

  • Wear long sleeved tops and trousers when out walking, especially if walking on moorland, in the forestry or in long grass.
  • Wear sturdy footwear – walking boots are ideal.  Avoid sandals, open toes, or lightweight trainers or shoes.
  • Tuck the bottom of trousers into socks.
  • Check seating and sleeping areas regularly when camping, etc for ticks and remove carefully.
  • If you’ve been bitten, or think you might have been, then seek medical assistance as soon as possible especially if symptoms occur.

 

So enjoy the great outdoors this Summer but remember to protect against Lyme.

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