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Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Seniors
Posted: 5/10/2018 6:46 PM by
Summer & fall are times when seniors enjoy being outdoors—gardening, walking or simply enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, being more active outside also increases their chance of encountering a blacklegged tick, the carriers of
, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. Our simple guide below shows you how to detect the early symptoms of Lyme Disease.
A blacklegged tick is extremely small, and they are very hard to see. Generally, an infected tick has to be attached to your body for 24 to 36 hours for the bacteria to spread to your blood. There are three stages of Lyme disease, and the symptoms may come and go. If the condition is not treated, it can spread to the brain, heart and joints.
Symptoms of Stage 1 (early localized) Lyme disease include:
Light-headedness or fainting
A "bull's eye" rash
Symptoms of Stage 2 (early disseminated) Lyme disease can appear in the weeks and months following the tick bite, and they include:
Paralysis or weakness in the muscles of the face
Muscle pain and pain or swelling in the knees and other large joints
Heart problems, such as skipped heartbeats (palpitations)
Months or even years after infection, people in Stage 3 (late disseminated) Lyme disease can experience the following symptoms:
Muscle and joint pain
Abnormal muscle movement
Numbness and tingling
Lyme disease is diagnosed through a blood test known as an ELISA, which checks for antibodies to the bacteria that causes the condition. If the ELISA test is positive, it is followed by a Western blot test that will confirm the diagnosis. Treatment of confirmed Lyme disease includes a two to four week course of antibiotics. The type of antibiotics used will vary depending on the stage of the disease and the symptoms.
At Interim HealthCare of Buffalo, NY, we offer
in home health care
through our Home Health Services to assist you in handling any of your medical needs, including a diagnosis of Lyme disease. Regardless of your condition, our skilled professionals, which include registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists, provide you with the help you need to heal at home. In addition, our Home Care programs are available to aid you with whatever support or assistance you need to continue living in your own home.
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