Find a Lyme Disease Doctor in Fairfax, VA

June 25, 2017

Find a Lyme Disease Doctor in Fairfax, VALyme Disease Doctor

Outbreak: 329,000 new cases each year in the United States

Have you found a tick attached to your body?

Do you feel tired or have joint or muscle pain that you never had before?

It is very possible that you have been exposed to Lyme disease–a potentially chronic condition that can lead to a variety of health issues.

Lyme disease is fairly common in the United States with more than 300,000 people in the United States diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.

Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. The infection is spreading rapidly over to Western Europe as well. In September 2015 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised their estimates, indicating that more than 329,000+ new cases were contracted each year in the US — an increase of up to 10 times what was previously believed in 2013 and 2014.

Annual Cases of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can be complicated to diagnose, and it is often misdiagnosed as other illnesses.

Lack of testing for Lyme disease can lead to the development of chronic Lyme disease for infected individuals, but often cannot be cured completely, however it can be mitigated and treated.

If you suspect you could have Lyme disease, call us to schedule a consultation today for fast, affordable and comprehensive Lyme disease treatments. Early detection could mean the difference between a cure and a lifetime of health ailments.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lime disease is a bacterial infection that can create a wide range of health issues by those that are infected by it. Lyme disease can affect different people in different ways and impact any organ in the body.

For few, they may suffer only joint and muscle aches, while for many others, they may experience impacts to their brain and nervous system.

These brain and nervous system affect people of all ages and of any race. It can often by difficult to diagnose because it can take on so many forms–and share so many symptoms with other diseases and illnesses.

Public Funding for Lyme Disease Far Below That of Less Common Illnesses

Lyme disease receives less than 2 percent of public funding for West Nile and 0.2 percent of funding for HIV/AIDS, despite the fact that the annual case count for Lyme dwarfs either disease.

Lyme Disease Statistics

500 Million Americans Dealing with Long-term Lyme

Estimated Cases of Lyme Disease

Reported in all 50 US states and more than 65 countries worldwide

The disease, which was first discovered in New England (Lyme, CT), has been expanding its footprint across the country with hot spots in the northern midwest and on the east coast, with highest outbreaks in Virginia.

In Virginia, Infected Ticks Found in 52 of 52 Counties

In Virginia, the primary carrier of Lyme disease is the black legged Deer tick, or Ixodes scapularis, and its principal host are deer.

This differs from the West Coast where the Western black legged tick, Ixodes pacificas, is the principal carrier and the white-footed mouse its primary host. The Western blacklegged tick has been found in all but two California counties (56 in total) and infected ticks have been discovered in 42 counties.

Current Diagnostics Miss up to 60 Percent of Acute Cases

The current “gold standard” diagnostic for Lyme disease is a Blot Blood Test measuring human antibodies against ticks. This diagnostic is an indirect measure of infection, detecting the body’s immunologic response to infection rather than detecting the Lyme bacteria itself.

It misses up to 60 percent of cases of early-stage Lyme disease, as it can take weeks for the body to develop measurable antibodies against the infection.

Early treatment typically successful but many patients go undiagnosed for years

  • Most never recall being bitten
  • Less than half ever show the telltale bullseye rash
  • As many as 20 percent continue to experience symptoms even after treatment

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