Lyme disease rheumatoid arthritis is nothing but a bacterial infection which is known to be transmitted by a tick and was first recognized in the year 1975 after investigating a large number of children who were diagnosed by rheumatoid arthritis. Children dwelling near wooded areas are likely to be affected by Lyme rheumatoid arthritis. The symptoms of this disease go on peak in the tick season that is in the summer season. A peculiar type of skin rash develops to several patients before developing arthritis symptoms. Other than rheumatoid arthritis tick can cause several heart, nerve, and brain problems.
Transmission of Lyme disease
Lyme rheumatoid arthritis disease is transmitted from the bite of an insect called tick. Not only in woods, this insects are found as parasite on different animal’s bodies like that of deer, raccoons, foxes, weasels, opossums, moles, shrews, squirrels, horses, and on mice. India, Australia, North America, Central Africa etc are some countries where these ticks are found in majority.
Symptoms of Lyme disease rheumatoid arthritis
In the inception of this disease a patient may suffer from flu symptoms and this flu may be accompanied with different side effects like fever, headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, stiff neck, and chills but when the disease progresses a patient may observe skin rash around the bitten area. In few cases the disease may take a shape of arthritis and some sort of nerve problem. Several joints like knee, elbow, hand, etc can be affected due to this disease. Some other symptoms like Erythma migrans, neurological symptoms, heart problem, arthritis, etc can be observed.
- Erythma migrans- This symptom is caused in nearly 80 percent cases due to the bite of a insect called telltale. At first due to the biting a small red spot occurs, which goes on increasing in due course of few weeks. This small red spot takes a shape of triangular or rectangular shape within few weeks and is accompanied with skin rash. This rash can spread to the whole body of a patient. Some symptoms of fever, fatigue, stiff neck, and flu can be observed by a patient.
- Neurological symptoms- Some problem can be associated to the nerves of a patient having this Lyme disease. The symptoms that are caused in this context are headaches, stiff neck, paralysis, pain in the joints, weakness in the tissues, short time memory loss, etc. These symptoms can be totally treated with some antibiotics but will need some week or months to resolve. These symptoms may reoccur even after the consumption of antibiotics.
- Heart problem- Out of 100 patients 10 patients having Lyme disease tends to develop heart problem. The symptoms may show dizziness, shortness of breath, etc though these symptoms last for few days or weeks. Several infections can be the cause of these heart problems.
- Arthritis- As after several days and weeks of Lyme disease rheumatoid arthritis without treatment may take the shape of an arthritis. In this condition a patient may develop painful and inflated joints, which may last for few days or months if not diagnosed or treated. Knee is the most common joint to get affected.