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Tick bites carry with them various diseases. Some are more serious than others. Unfortunately, ticks can be found everywhere. They especially thrive in moist and humid environments, such as wooded or grassy areas.
You may encounter them as you do outdoor activities or perhaps when you walk near leaf litters or shrubs. While many people think that these tiny species are nothing but harmless bugs, they carry with them serious diseases.
One common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease. Are you familiar with this condition? Below, we talk in detail about Lyme disease, including its symptoms and treatments.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by Ixodes ticks. These ticks are more commonly known as deer ticks or blacklegged ticks.
Like most ticks, deer ticks are found in wooded and grassy areas. While many people think that Lyme disease is more common on the East Coast, it is actually found throughout the United States.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are around 300,000 diagnosed Lyme disease cases in the United States every year. Indeed, Lyme disease is more common than many people think it is.
Lyme disease affects everyone, regardless of age and gender. However, it is most common among children, older adults, and those who spend most of their time outdoors, such as park rangers and firefighters.
What Are The Symptoms Of Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease has earned its nickname “The Great Imitator,” because its symptoms tend to mimic the symptoms of other diseases. Due to this, Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and many may already have the disease without realizing it.
According to CDC, the early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Fever and chills
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans rash. This rash develops at the site of the tick bite within 3 to 30 days and expands up to 12 inches or more across the area. It is usually warm to touch, but not necessarily itchy or painful.
Days to months following the initial tick bite, the following later signs and symptoms may develop:
- Severe headaches
- Stiff neck
- Spread of additional erythema migrans rashes throughout the body
- Arthritis coupled with severe joint swelling
- Loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face
- Intermittent muscle, tendon, joint, and bone pain
- Heart palpitations
- Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
- Tingling or numbness of the hand or feet
- Never pain
- Short-term memory problems
Failure to diagnose and treat Lyme disease early may result to it becoming late-stage or chronic. That is why early diagnosis and effective treatment is necessary.
How Is Lyme Disease Treated?
As soon as you suspect Lyme disease or experience several of the symptoms mentioned above, you should go to your doctor for an official diagnosis. This way, early treatment could be initiated right away.
Your doctor will most likely prescribe you antibiotics. The good news is most cases treated with the appropriate antibiotics recover quickly and completely.
Another means to manage Lyme disease is detoxification. Over the years, people have supplemented antibiotic therapy with detoxification in order to treat Lyme disease.
Detoxification helps our body remove the endotoxins left by the tick-borne bacteria.
There are many commercial detox formulas available in the market, but one of the most effective ways to detoxify our systems is through perspiration.
And what is the best natural way to perspire? Through steam showers, of course!
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Taking A Steam Shower To Treat Lyme Disease
Steams help increase the white blood cell levels in our bodies. These cells aid in protecting and strengthening our immune system.
A strong immune system means a stronger defense against outside toxins such as those brought by ticks.
Furthermore, steam showers help improve our circulation and reduce stress. So, you do not only leave the shower detoxified, you also end up feeling better and more relaxed.
Before entering your steam shower, drink one or two glasses of cold water. Usually, a steam shower lasts between 10 to 20 minutes or until you perspire.
After, take a cold shower immediately. Remember that steam shower should be avoided if you are pregnant, very weak, suffering from high blood pressure, or experiencing other cardiac problems.
In case of uneasiness during the steam shower, leave the shower immediately and drink a glass of room temperature water and wash your face with cold water.
Setting up a steam shower at home is essentially like having your own sauna. It is a cost-efficient alternative for the expensive and unnatural detoxification methods you often hear or read about online.
Once you have decided to setup your own steam shower room at home, you will not have a difficult time finding steam generators for saunas or an energy efficient tankless water heater in stores. There are many cost-efficient brands available and they are easy to install too!
To conclude, a steam shower is an excellent detoxification method especially for those diagnosed with Lyme disease.