Try searching the web for pictures of Lyme disease and you’d be bombarded with pictures of three things: tick, rash, and patients. Actually, these three things are also the most important things about Lyme disease that you have to know.
- Tick. Ticks are a major player in Lyme disease. When a Borrelia burgdorferi-infected tick bites a person, the bacteria are being transmitted to the victim. Ticks are the most common source of this bacterial infection. Although they may seem big in the pictures, ticks are very small organisms who suck blood out of their hosts.
- Rash. You’ll be surprised to see variations of a rash, which is one of the first symptoms of Lyme disease. The Internet can give you hundreds of pictures of this rash. Its appearance varies greatly from patient to patient. You’ll see pictures showing a small red spot. Others show huge enough to cover the patient’s entire back. Some pictures show the rash on their nape. Others are affected on their legs. But no matter how big they are and what part of the body they affect, they still share a few things in common. Aside from the fact that they all started with a tick bite, they all look like a bull’s eye. Each picture of a Lyme disease rash will show you a red spot enclosed in a clear skin surrounded by another red mark and this red mark seems to expand.
- Patients. Although most pictures of Lyme disease patients that you will find in the web show the rashes, you’ll find infected people in a wheel chair or with a defected eye. You’ll also see people who seem to have no physical disability but the caption tells you that they suffer from Lyme disease. Why is that? These are chronic Lyme disease patients. The damages may not be as obvious as you expect, but they are life-changing nonetheless. The damages that Lyme disease bring to people range from physical to psychological. Some of them suffer from personality changes, cognitive deterioration, and other long-term effects of the infection. They may not be very visible in pictures but as what they usually say, silent waters run deep.
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