Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by deer ticks. As it continues to spread across the United States, the number of newly infected people also continues to rise. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year, which is ten times the amount of what was previously thought. Many patients have been left mentally and physically debilitated from the chronic symptoms of Lyme disease, which is why it’s so important for Temple home care providers to understand and identify the symptoms.
Since Lyme disease is most commonly misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, the elderly have greater risk of Lyme disease progressing without treatment. This can lead to arthritic, cardiac, neurologic and psychiatric symptoms, all of which may also be mistaken for cognitive disorders that require dementia or Temple Alzheimer’s home care. If not treated promptly, chronic Lyme disease can affect the internal organs and even cause death.
Spring and summer are the prime months for possible tick bites to occur among senior citizens. This is due to the fact that deer ticks are most active during warmer months. Since these ticks are approximately the size of poppy seeds, victims are rarely aware that they were even bitten without appropriate testing.
How Is Lyme Disease Transmitted?
Lyme disease is typically transmitted through the bite of a deer tick. Animals that usually carry deer ticks include moles, deer, squirrels, raccoons and even horses. For the most part, deer ticks can be found in Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
If infected with Lyme disease, your loved one could experience flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and neck stiffness. Your loved one may also develop a bull’s-eye rash around the area where he or she was bitten.
When to Seek Medical Consultation
Although it’s normal to have aches and pain as we get older, it’s not normal for those symptoms to persist indefinitely. Unless a previous diagnosis of arthritis has been given, sudden onset of painful arthritic symptoms should be addressed immediately.
When people live with Lyme disease, everyday tasks around the house can pose a significant challenge to do alone. To help your loved one take care of daily duties and manage his or her Lyme disease, turn to Home Care Assistance of Temple. We provide comprehensive services to help seniors manage illness in the comfort of home, including stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Temple. Our expertly trained caregivers can give your loved one the care he or she needs to overcome the challenges of Lyme disease in the comfort of home. Call 254-856-0600 today to learn more and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.