Lyme disease can affect multiple body systems and produce a wide range of symptoms. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have symptoms, and many of the symptoms are not specific to Lyme disease but can occur with other diseases as well. The incubation period from infection to the onset of symptoms is usually one to two weeks, but can be much shorter (a few days), or much longer (months to years). Symptoms most often occur from May through September, because the nymphal stage of the tick is responsible for most cases. Asymptomatic infection exists, but occurs in less than 7% of infected individuals in the United States. Asymptomatic infection may be much more common among those infected in Europe. Lyme disease can also be transmitted from mosquito bites and bird droppings.
The classic sign of early local infection with Lyme disease is a skin lesion that looks like a bullseye (erythema migrans). The bullseye lesion is said to appear in about 80% of people who are infected. Patients can also experience flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle soreness, fever, and malaise. Lyme disease can progress to later stages even in patients who do not develop a rash.
We treat Lyme disease with natural antibiotics and homeopathic remedies. There are several forms of the Lyme bacteria and it’s important that all forms are treated. Oftentimes there are co-infections that appear at the time of the original transmission of the Lyme bacteria (Borrelia). It’s very important that these co-infections are treated as well in order to completely recover.