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March 14, 2016 0

Lyme Disease – what’s all the fuss about?

Posted by:Barna Vet Clinic onMarch 14, 2016

When it comes to Lyme Disease you’re probably one of the many people who thinks you’re safe in Ireland. But unfortunately, you’re wrong. The condition is affecting more and more people all around the world – including our Isle – and having a huge impact on hundreds of lives. So what’s the cause?

Well it’s all down to ticks! Those pesky little parasites that just love to attach themselves to our beloved pets – they’re the ones to blame.

Research from the University of Dublin has shown that ticks collected in the areas of County Kerry, Galway, Connemara and Wicklow carry the borrelia bacteria, which is the cause of Lyme disease.

The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. And although ticks typically find refuge on animals, it’s possible for them to make their way onto human skin, especially if you are in regular contact with an animal that is a carrier.

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?

The primary and most obvious sign that infection is present is an expanding area of redness on your skin. This redness begins from where the skin was bitten and expands from there. It usually takes up to a week from when the bite occurred to be visible and is rarely itchy or painful.

As well as this there are other symptoms which are largely similar to those of influenza: a fever, headaches and a general lack of energy being some of the most common.
If left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause multiple complications to your joints, heart, and nervous system – in some cases it can even prove to be fatal.
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Case Study of Lyme Disease

For an example of the effects Lyme Disease can have on humans cast your mind back to around 10 years ago when Avril Lavigne was in her pop-sensation prime. Avril was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 which led to her spending five months bed-ridden due to her debilitating symptoms.

During an interview with ‘People Magazine’ the singer described the illness by saying ‘I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying; I had complete weakness and fatigue. One night I tried to brush my teeth on the tour bus and couldn’t even stand.’

Treatment
Although there are treatments available to sooth and cure the symptoms of Lyme Disease it’s safe to say it would be far more convenient if you just didn’t contract it in the first place. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is by making sure that your pets are kept up-to-date with their parasite treatments, including tick control.
At Barna & Moycullen Vets we offer some great tick prevention treatments for your beloved pets, as well as advice about keeping you and your whole family safe from Lyme Disease. For any more information, or to book in for a consultation with us then please give the team a call on 091 867008.

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