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Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Any outdoorsy Texan can tell you winter is the right time for camping. The scorching heat in other months simply makes spending the night in a sleeping bag intolerable. During the winter, however, mildly chilly weather makes the perfect atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the joys of camping also comes with too many bugs to name. Some insects are harmless nuisances, but others—like ticks—can carry horrific diseases.

Lyme disease, for example, can be spread by deer ticks and western black-legged ticks in the United States. This disease may cause joint inflammation, facial palsy, impaired memory, and cardiac irregularities if left untreated. However, the illness is usually only transferred if a tick is left attached for 36 hours or longer, according to WebMD.

If you’ve had a tick attached longer than 36 hours, the first step is to have a doctor remove it immediately. After that, it’s important to watch for symptoms of Lyme disease. Commonly, the disease causes joint pain, chronic tiredness, a general “scatterbrained” feeling and impaired memory, a tingling sensation in the fingers, back, or feet, and even paralysis of the facial muscles.

If you believe you may have been exposed to Lyme disease, it is important to get a medical professional’s opinion as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one suffer from Lyme disease, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. In order to successfully file for these benefits, an inability to perform normal daily activities must be proved. Since the process for proving this can be lengthy and complex, it may be wise to seek legal representation before filing.

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