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If you go back to the 2000s, maybe you were ringing with Avril Lavigne's song that was popular and popular at the time. Recently, the Canadian pop rock singer has just stated that she will release her latest album. For fans, this is certainly exciting news, but along with the news, Avril Lavigne also told the world that currently she is still struggling with Lyme disease.
Lyme disease that has been suffered since 2012, making Avril Lavigne have to lie in bed for months. Now, Avril Lavigne states that she accepts her current condition and is still struggling to recover.
So, actually, what is lyme disease? How dangerous is this disease? Can it be cured?
What is Lyme disease suffered by Avril Lavigne?
The Lyme disease suffered by Avril Lavigne is indeed more commonly found in the area of England, some parts of the continent of Europe, and North America. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteriaBorrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted through tick bites.
There are several other types of bacteria that can cause lyme disease, namelyBorrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii. These bacteria can be found in various regions throughout the world, but for the Asian region itself, bacteriaBorrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii which is the main cause of lyme disease.
When a person is bitten by black foot lice, the bacteria in it will immediately spread to all organs of the body, from the nervous system, muscles, joints, even to the heart.
Generally, to be able to transmit the bacteria that causes lyme disease, fleas must stick to the skin for 36 to 48 hours. Until now there has been no evidence that this infectious disease can be transmitted from human to human.
What are the symptoms of lyme disease?
Symptoms of lyme disease will appear about 3 to 30 days after being bitten by black foot lice. The most recognizable initial symptoms are redness and inflammation of the skin which spreads over time.
Most people who experience lyme disease, do not feel pain or itching in the area of the skin that is rash. However, the skin rash caused by lyme disease has a distinctive form, which looks spread but fades in the middle, like the shape of the target.
However, there are many initial symptoms that you can recognize when you get this bacterial infection that causes lyme disease, namely:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Stiff neck
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
Meanwhile, further symptoms that can occur are:
- Rashes appear on other parts of the body and are more visible
- The pain is getting worse, including headaches, pain in the neck and joints
- Losing control of facial expressions (facial palsy)
- Swelling in the joint that resembles arthritis
- Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- Inflammation of the eye
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irregular heartbeat
- Hard to breathe
- Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
- Problems with short-term memory.
Then, can this disease be cured?
Although it sounds scary, lyme disease can be cured completely. To deal with this infectious disease, the doctor will give various antibiotics.
Treatment time required is around 2 to 4 weeks. Of course this depends on the severity of lyme disease experienced. The more severe, the longer the treatment time needed.
The doctor will also give painkillers to deal with pain that is usually experienced by people with lyme disease, such as ibuprofen.
After disappearing, symptoms can occur again in a matter of months or even years. Symptoms that usually arise are muscle pain and fatigue. If symptoms arise again in the future, immediately consult a doctor.
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