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Top 3 Lyme Misconceptions

Lyme disease mimics many other conditions and is often misdiagnosed as something else. It's also a very evasive pathogen and is often undetectable in tests. There are over 300 strains of borrelia bacteria and we only have testing for some of them, which for many results in a false negative.

Many people seem caught off guard when I suggest their symptoms line up with Lyme, and these are the top 3 reasons why many people believe they could not possibly be infected.

Misconception #1 - I've never had a bullseye rash.

FACT: Lyme bacteria comes in three different forms -

1. Spirochete (spiral)

2. Intracellular

3. Cyst (round body)

Only the spirochete creates the bullseye rash.

Misconception #2 - I've never been bit by a tick.

FACT: You may never actually know if you were. But ticks aren't the only carriers/transmitters of Lyme - it can be contracted from mosquitoes, flies, fleas, spiders, parasites, birds, rodents, cows, deer, dogs & horses. It can even be sexually transmitted, and passed through breastmilk & blood.

Misconception #3 - It's been years since my tick bit. Why would my symptoms be related to Lyme now?

FACT: Lyme can lay dormant for years. And ticks & other Lyme carriers tend to also carry viruses, bacteria and parasites, known as Lyme Co-infections, which make symptoms intensify once they've been activated.

Click here to learn some diseases & disorders that are commonly misdiagnosed Lyme.


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