Is Lyme disease a viral infection?

Is Lyme disease a viral infection?

What are Lyme disease and POW? While Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium and POW disease is caused by a virus, both are commonly found in small rodents like mice or squirrels and are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick.

Can Lyme go away on its own?

People often recover within two to six weeks without antibiotics. Even Lyme arthritis often improves on its own as the body's immune system attacked the infection, although it's common for it to return. Antibiotic therapy is highly effective at curing the illness.

What organs does Lyme disease affect?

Lyme disease can affect different body systems, such as the nervous system, joints, skin, and heart.

What happens with untreated Lyme disease?

Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. These include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis.

How does Lyme disease affect the heart?

Lyme carditis occurs when Lyme disease bacteria enter the tissues of the heart. This can interfere with the normal movement of electrical signals from the heart's upper to lower chambers, a process that coordinates the beating of the heart.

How do you know if you have chronic Lyme disease?

Chronic Lyme disease is an ongoing Borrelia burgdorferi infection that can involve any body system or tissue. The infection produces a wide range of symptoms and signs, which can be debilitating for some patients. Common symptoms include severe fatigue, migratory musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and impaired memory.

How painful is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease and joint pain unfortunately go hand in hand, as Lyme-related arthritis is commonly found in Lyme disease sufferers. If you have Lyme arthritis, you have swollen, painful joints that cause stiffness and pain. It is found in people who are in the late stages of Lyme disease.

What are the symptoms of late stage Lyme disease?

Late persistent Lyme disease

  • Arthritis that most often affects the knee. ...
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, or back.
  • Feeling very tired.
  • Not being able to control the muscles of the face.
  • Problems with memory, mood, or sleep, and sometimes problems speaking.

How does Lyme disease affect dogs?

Many animals can have Lyme disease and show no signs. In dogs, the most common signs include fever, loss of appetite, painful or swollen joints, lameness that comes and goes, swollen lymph nodes, and lethargy. If Lyme disease is left untreated it can lead to damage in the kidneys, nervous system, and heart.

Can dogs fully recover from Lyme disease?

Unfortunately, the answer is likely no. Some dogs that are treated with months or even years of doxycycline still show positive antibody levels in the future. Despite treatment, the infection can "hide" out in the body for years and always has the potential to cause future problems.

What Happens If Lyme disease goes untreated in dogs?

Left untreated, canine Lyme disease can damage the heart, nervous system, and kidneys. Chronically infected dogs may develop a life-threatening form of kidney inflammation and dysfunction, called Lyme nephropathy or Lyme nephritis.

Can Lyme disease kill dogs?

Lyme affects some breeds worse than others There is a deadly manifestation of Lyme disease in dogs, called Lyme nephritis. It's a fatal side effect that causes the animal's kidney to fail, and researchers have a strong suspicion that labs and golden retrievers are predisposed.

What happens if my dog tested positive for Lyme disease?

Once your pet is Lyme positive it is important to monitor for clinical signs such as lameness, swollen joints, fever, lethargy and decreased appetite. If these signs are noted it is possible that Lyme is the culprit; however, other causes can often be identified.