Lyme disease and hair loss may be connected
To begin with, in this article you can discover how Lyme disease and hair loss can be related. Second, Lyme disease is a serious condition that can be difficult to diagnose and can even lead to hair loss. Also, its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, such as ALS, hair loss, and multiple sclerosis (MS). (among many many others)
Also, Lyme disease and hair loss can be caused by the bite of a single infected tick. It brings with it a list of horrible symptoms and the road to recovery is long.
One of the symptoms of Lyme disease is hair loss.
A case study of Lyme disease and hair loss (alopecia)
The American Journal of Dermatopathology recently described the case of a 21-year-old man who suffered a tick bite to the scalp. This case of Lyme disease leads to hair loss and non-scarring alopecia, which some refer to as spot baldness.
Non-scarring alopecia due to a tick bite appears in patches and gives the scalp a “moth-eaten” appearance. Sufferers have lesions that are nodular and often crusted with blood. Along with this, they experience pain, swelling, and itching. Non-scarring alopecia is associated with tick bites; however, even if a tick bite was not reported; this condition should not be ruled out.
The following image shows a real case of non-scarring alopecia. This case was made more complicated by the fact that the patient was pulling his hair. This was due to an additional condition called lichen simplex chronicus. With this condition, thick, brown, leathery skin forms due to excessive scratching, caused by extreme itching.
Also, there is still a lot to learn about Lyme disease and hair loss. In addition, researchers believe that it happens when the body has a strong response to the tick’s saliva, causing the body to produce anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory chemicals in response.
The three stages of Lyme disease
Lyme disease has three distinct stages.
First, when a person is bitten, it is in the ‘early and localized’ stage. At this point, the disease has not spread throughout the body.
Next, the Lyme disease bacteria begins to spread throughout the body. This stage is known as the “early dissemination” stage.
Finally, the disease passes through the “late spread” stage. This is the point at which Lyme disease has spread throughout the body.
Once Lyme becomes chronic, its bacteria hide from the immune system in the smallest of places, and it adapts and finds new ways to survive. To kill the Lyme bacteria, we need to open the biofilm where the large numbers of bacteria hide, using special enzymes, plants, vitamin C, and other methods.
Are you at risk for Lyme disease?
Also, people who spend a lot of time outdoors are at higher risk of Lyme disease. Additionally, Lyme is known to persist in specific regions, so finding out if you live in or travel to an area known for Lyme disease is essential.
Activities that expose you to Lyme disease
Therefore, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying activities like gardening, hiking, hunting, etc., you could be exposed to Lyme disease. This is especially true if you are in a region known as Lyme disease areas or walking through tall grass.
Additionally, pets that spend a lot of time outdoors or play off-leash can bring ticks home on their bodies.
Identify Lyme disease and why you have hair loss
Symptoms of early Lyme disease:
Symptoms of chronic Lyme disease
Related to the heart
Lyme disease and hair loss are difficult conditions to identify and diagnose.
This is particularly the case if you have never seen a tick or removed and disposed of it before it was tested. Ticks are about the size of the head of a pin, so they can be difficult to see and detect.
In its early stages, Lyme disease causes a rash in the area where the bite occurred. You are also likely to experience flu-like symptoms and joint pain. Later, symptoms such as chronic arthritis and other neurological symptoms appear.
Lyme disease is a much misunderstood subject, find a Lyme literate doctor to help by your side.
Getting an accurate diagnosis of Lyme disease can be challenging, and not all doctors will go the extra mile, or don’t know it. Lyme disease is a misunderstood subject. So you should do your homework and research Lyme disease yourself.
I understand that this goes against everything you believe about doctors, but in time you will see that it is a fact. You are the only person who can and will bring about your healing.
Lyme disease without tick bites? read my story
First of all, I suffered from Lyme disease, but I have never been bitten by a tick. After struggling for some time with thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue, I reached a point where I felt stuck again and was not moving forward with my health. Although my body temperature had returned to normal (37 degrees) and my adrenal and thyroid glands had improved significantly, I still felt exhausted.
I started digging and it turned out that I had a few infections: Lyme disease, borreliosis, and Epstein-Barr. I went to the United States for treatment at a detox clinic, which lasted three months. After the detox treatment, I continued to adapt to my health routine. I added ozone treatments and decided to move to a warmer, sunny country to improve my overall health and energy.
Don’t let the doctors tell you that it’s all in your head, dig until you find the problem and the solution.
Doctors often scoff at complaints of fatigue. Usually, because they can’t find an accurate diagnosis in their medical books, it’s sometimes dismissed as a psychosomatic illness (they’ll claim it’s all in your head). We have been conditioned to trust doctors and respect their years of study, but even doctors make mistakes, they are not infallible.
Never give up and keep looking until you find a doctor who takes you seriously and cares enough to help you find solutions. In many ways, you are faced with a condition that you need to investigate; after all, it is his body, not his doctor’s.
Ideally, they should listen to you and what you are experiencing, believe you, and then offer solutions. Remember, it is in your best interest to insist on healing and answers. If your doctor isn’t as concerned about your well-being as you’d hope, go ahead and get a second, third, fourth, even a hundredth opinion!
New research on Lyme disease
Research is beginning to show that Lyme disease can be transmitted by means other than direct tick bites. It is now believed that Lyme disease can be spread through sex, by eating meat infected with Lyme disease, or by ticks that are too small to see.
Be your health advocate as you work with a doctor to cure Lyme disease.
Do your research as you are the sole creator of your healing process and don’t rely solely on a doctor to solve your problems, they probably won’t.
I remember when I was very sick and exhausted, but it was difficult to get the support I needed from friends and family, since most of them did not understand my condition.
It is a very lonely process, and one that you must go through on your own, but never give up. Be a warrior.
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