Lyme Disease is a Growing Problem

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a tick bite. If left untreated it can lead to problems with the skin, heart, brain and joints. Tori Gennaro, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s of Alabama, says it’s important for parents to be on the lookout for ticks and the symptoms of Lyme disease in their child.

Neurologic Lyme disease or the neurological symptoms of lyme disease occur when the bacteria responsible to cause Lyme disease affect the central or peripheral nervous system of our body.

Patients with Lyme disease are at increased risk for any mental disorder, for affective disorders, and for suicidal behavior, new research suggests.

Kelley Flanagan Breaks Down in Tears While Sharing New Health Diagnosis

The former Bachelor Nation contestant tearfully explained in an emotional video on Monday, Aug. 30 that she had “some not so good news,” going on to explain that she’d been diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Kelley said that she’s usually honest with her followers about the details of her life. “I always talk about health and how I just always felt like my body’s been so much more sensitive and super reactive to a bunch of things,” the 29-year-old lawyer began.

She shared that she’d just tested positive for the disease and that two of her brothers also have it. Kelley continued, “A lot of their symptoms sounded like really similar to me, ’cause I’ve always had something off since I’ve been young and really, really had to take care of myself.”

Lyme Disease is spread through tick bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms range from fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash, per the CDC, and is diagnosed symptomatically.  Celebrities including Avril LavigneAlec Baldwin, Amy SchumerJustin Bieber and Shania Twain also suffer from the disease.

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