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Babesia Parasite (Lyme Coinfection)

Chronically struggle with any of these ? Listen up!

Chills Headache Fever Cough Drenching sweats Fatigue Joint pain Muscle aches Nausea Reduced appetite Hemolytic anemia Hypoxia Elevated liver enzymes Low blood platelets Fluid buildup in lungs or heart Liver or kidney failure

These are symptomatic of Babesia, a single-celled parasite that can infect your red blood cells. It's most commonly transmitted by ticks and other biting insects, organ transplants, blood transfusions or from mother to baby in utero.

Many microbes can’t get inside your red blood cells, but Babesia can which gives it more protection from your immune system. Babesia can rapidly change its gene expression so that your immune system won't recognize it.

Once inside your red blood cells, Babesia reproduces and damages the cell membranes. The red blood cells split apart, releasing the new batches of parasites that will move on to invade other red blood cells.

The symptoms of Babesia can range from mild to severe, depending on the strength of your immune system.

You’ll be at higher risk of severe symptoms if you’re fighting other infections, taking immune-suppressant medication or if you've had your spleen removed.

There's only a few labs in the country that are able to accurately test babesia. If you think you may be struggling with babesia, let's chat to see how I can help.


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