What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacterium primarily transmitted by tick bites. The smallest "nymph" ticks (many the size of a poppy seed) are the most concerning, as they are almost invisible to the naked eye and often leave an undetectable bite.
- Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States, 1.5X more common than breast cancer and 6X more common than HIV.
- The CDC acknowledges at least 425,000 new infections per year.
- The tell-tale bullseye rash after a bite occurs in less than half of all Lyme infections.
- Current testing often provides a false negative result.
- Most insurance companies do not cover treatment for Lyme disease
Symptoms of Lyme Disease:
- Severe fatigue and exhaustion.
- Joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
- Neurological impairment, unable to concentrate, memory loss, vision changes.
- Difficulty with speech or writing, ear pain, buzzing or ringing.
- Seizures, light-headedness, poor balance, difficulty walking and Bells Palsy.
- Cardiac issues, irregular heartbeat, murmurs, heart block.
Preventing Lyme Disease
Before Going into Nature
- Wear light-colored clothing consisting of long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck pant legs into socks. Wear a hat.
- Apply tick repellent. Products containing DEET or DEET alternatives are effective. Lemon eucalyptus and rose geranium essential oils repel ticks and several all-natural sprays are available.
- Products containing Permethrin may be used on your clothing, gear and equipment.
- Stay in the middle of the trail and away from foliage.
- Don’t sit on logs, lean against trees, or walk through tall grass.
- Perform tick checks on yourself, your children and your pets.
- Focus on hard to reach areas like the scalp and folds & creases of skin.
- If bitten, remove the tick using a tick key or sharp tweezers. If you do not have tweezers, use protective gloves. Pull straight up and away from the skin. DO NOT TWIST OR BURN WITH A MATCH.
If You've Been Bitten
Watch for symptoms of Lyme disease:
Raising Hope For Families with Lyme
LymeLight provides treatment grants up to $10,000 to children in need who cannot pay for necessary medications and therapies. Why Is This Important?
- Early intervention enhances recovery.
- Children are the most susceptible to contracting Lyme disease and will suffer the longest if left untreated.
- Through medical treatment grants, LymeLight helps ill youth, who may otherwise lead lives of unfulfilled potential and dependency, to create a path to health and self-reliance.
- We believe in the hope and promise of the next generation.
Active and Thriving
At the age of 2, Micaiah suffered from a severe vision disability, asthma, digestive issues, mood swings and a weak immune system. Her family drove across states to see a Lyme specialist. After testing positive for Lyme, the family worried about how to pay for her treatment. As a one-income household, they were struggling to make ends meet.
Micaiah's grant made her antibiotic and supplement treatment possible, as well visits to a vision therapist. She is now an active and healthy 7 year-old. Her asthma symptoms have disappeared and her visits to the Lyme specialist are fewer and farther between
Since 2011, LymeLight has awarded over $5.3 million in treatment grants to 824 individuals in 49 states.
Thank you for the gift of hope and healing!
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