The full force of Lyme disease, its ravages, and lack of medical knowledge, wreaks devastation on our health, especially when undiagnosed.
Being diagnosed with a tick bite infection after making repeated visits to medical professionals over months, or years can be quite a relief. On the one hand, there is relief because you finally have an answer to why your health has been mysteriously failing for so long. On the other hand, this new knowledge can set you on a completely different journey. Long-range efforts are often needed to find answers to how you can recover your health. But what are infected tick bites, and how do they manage to wreak such devastation in the lives of their victims?
Lyme Disease and Tick Bite Infections
Arthropod infections occur when a tick transfers a certain type of protozoa, bacteria or virus to a person, or animal when it latches on to feed. Infections can be transferred to the recipient, with them being oblivious of the danger to their health. Some of these bites may look like a typical ‘bull’s eye’, which can feel quite painful, and look rather alarming. At other times, the tick may simply fall off the person without leaving any noticeable trace that it was ever present.
While this article refers to tick bite infections, scientific studies show that similarly destructive bacteria can just as easily be transmitted by fleas, mites, bats, birds, mammals and other creatures. But, the focus here are ticks and the diseases they carry, and why these are so destructive to human health specifically.
Some of the types of ticks and the infections they transmit, which are becoming more familiar across countries, can be seen in the graphic below.
The author has read an article written by a member of the medical profession, where this person stated that ticks do not carry diseases but carry infections. As a non-medical writer and recipient of 3 tick infections over a period of years, I can safely say that no victim of these diseases/infections cares less about the name given by science to what has destroyed their health. If you recognize tick bites, and their symptoms though, at least you have some way to protect your health.
The Immediate Symptoms of Tick Bite Infections
You may see a red mark on your skin from where you have removed a tick, or the bite mark may exhibit the bull’s eye effect, and be extremely painful. Some tick bites leave little evidence that they were there, while others instigate an acute reaction.
You may develop a rash around the bite, and reddening skin. Or the bite mark may simply be a small red speck. The area around the tick bite may become red, swollen and painful after 2 to 5 days, or it may disappear within a day of you having noticed the tick. The symptoms you experience will depend on what type of tick bit you.
Victims may experience a full-body rash of small red, itchy bumps within a few days of being bitten by a tick, or they may begin to develop other mysterious symptoms. Symptoms include:
- intense headaches or migraines
- feelings of tiredness, quickly escalating into exhaustion
- flu-like responses fluctuating between cold chills and bouts of feeling hot
- you may experience muscle or joint pains
- the wound may become oozing and pussy
These are some of the common responses to infected tick bites. You are encouraged to get to a doctor as soon as possible to have your blood tested for tick bite infections, if you experience any of these symptoms. The sooner these side-effects are correctly diagnosed, the quicker you can begin your recovery process.
Obviously, I am not a doctor, but I write from personal experience and cannot prescribe what you should be. From a personal perspective though, I encourage you to seek medical assistance quickly after you notice a tick bite or experience flu-like symptoms or worse, for no apparent reason.
Long-Term Symptoms of Tick Bite Infections
An article by Frean and Ogunbanjo states that the more acute symptoms related to Tick Bite Fever (TBF), can cause multi-organ failure, or death in those whose health is already frail. You don’t need to be elderly or be part of a vulnerable group in terms of health for these infections to be fatal either. Several complications can arise from these infections including encephalitis, pneumonia, coma, pulmonary embolism and others.
Other than the more immediate physical symptoms developing, tick infections seem to mimic many other diseases. Measles, rheumatoid arthritis, seizures as a symptom and co-infections such as C. Pneumonia add to the woes of victims. If the infections have remained undetected for years or decades, protracted sub-acute neuropathy may also develop. Neuropathies are as many and varied in their symptoms as tick bite infections, causing tingling, pain and/or severe disability eventually.
As if the physical symptoms are not enough, neuropsychiatric issues can arise from long-term tick bite infections. You may find your behavior changing soon after an infection or decades afterwards. Extended time lapses lead you to think that there is something wrong with you. Yes, there is, but your behavioral changes can also be traced back to the tick infection/s received in earlier years. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others can then become the constant companion. Emotional and mental symptoms on top of all the other physical ailments, add to an absence of well-being.
It is not entirely clear whether the potential for these long-term symptoms to develop is dependent on rapid diagnosis and treatment, or whether chronic symptoms can develop in spite of early treatment. Seemingly typical of these tick infections, they also tend to mimic many other diseases, confusing their treatment and your recovery.
Getting to a tick infection literate medical professional quickly after receiving a tick bite, may mean the difference between whether you recover to live a normal life or continue to develop health issues that can wreck your life.
Many recipients of tick infections do not receive treatment within days or weeks of the initial infection and can testify to the fact that their health continued to decline, rapidly or slowly. Those fortunate enough to have received the correct diagnosis and treatment within days, are the most likely to recover and go on to lead normal lives.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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