Tick-borne Diseases

Co-Infections

In addition to Lyme disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Bartonella-illness and other diseases can be transmitted from a single tick bite. Since immunity is not developed, you can contract these diseases again with new tick bites.

Many doctors are not familiar with co-infections and few recognise the symptoms or screen for associated diseases. Blood tests vary in accuracy, reliability and sensitivity.

Parasitic disease: Babesiosis is caused by a protozoan, babesia microti. Symptoms include high fever, night sweats, chills, headaches, muscle pain, anemia or sleep disturbances. Treatment may include antibiotics as well as anti-malarial drugs.

Bacterial diseases: Ehrlicheosis & Anaplasmosis symptoms include high fever, chills, headaches, overall achiness. Treatment includes antibiotics. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms include headaches and a characteristic rash that usually begins on wrists, palms, ankles and soles of feet. Treatment includes antibiotics. Bartonella symptoms may include visual problems, headaches, rash, swollen glands, ongoing fatigue, mental symptoms. Antibiotics are used to treat bartonella.

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