Dr Oz: Lyme Disease Awareness
Dr Oz shared a story from when he was in Los Angeles. He was asked to take a bite out of lime and explained that it was all about Lyme disease, which is on the rise. The CDC has reported a tenfold increase in the disease and it’s a condition that Avril Lavigne recently opened up about in People magazine.
Mary Margaret, a senior editor at People magazine, shared that Avril seemed to disappear, which really concerned a lot of people because they didn’t know what was going on. The truth is that she was really sick and it took months for her to realize she had Lyme disease. Avril described the illness by saying, “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
Dr Oz: Avril Lavigne Lyme Disease
Mary shared that a year ago, Avril woke up drenched in her own sweat and couldn’t even stand up. She thought she had the flu or that she was overworked, but she got worse and worse. She saw countless doctors, but it took the rest of the year to figure out that it was Lyme disease.
Avril is now doing well and said she’s healthier than she was before, because she’s eating healthy and exercising. She said it served as a wake-up call for her. Yolanda Foster also opened up about her struggle with the disease, and Mary Margaret said the two of them did make that connection.
Dr Oz: Diagnosing & Treating Lyme Disease
Alexander Van Tulleken shared that a lot of doctors don’t think of Lyme disease right away because they are looking for other things. But even if the doctor didn’t look for Lyme disease, there are blood tests and scans that might miss up to 30% of patients, which means a lot of misdiagnoses.
Even if the disease is caught, it can be difficult to treat because, as Alexander said, the antibiotics don’t always work to kill the bacteria. Even when they do seem to work and the tests are no longer positive, there could still be bad bacteria in the body, resulting in negative symptoms.
Dr Oz: How To Avoid Lyme Disease
To avoid getting Lyme disease, you want to avoid getting bit by a tick. Wear long pants tucked into socks that are covered in insect repellent. It may not look fashionable, but it can save your health. If you have been bitten by a tick, which can be the size of a freckle, you want to use a pair of tweezers to pull it off. The sooner you pull the tick out, the less likely you are to get Lyme disease.
If you think you have Lyme disease but the tests are negative, it’s worth talking to other specialists or doctors about it to be sure. There are doctors who are more open-minded and more experienced in treating it.
Dr Oz: Take A Bite Out Of Lyme
Dr Oz said he wanted to spread the word that Lyme disease is real, even if you don’t have the classic signs. He talked to women who have Lyme disease and started a grassroots challenge to “take a bite out of Lyme.” Take a picture of yourself taking a bite out of a lime and then hashtag it #LymeDiseaseChallenge.
Yolanda already did it from her hospital bed and shared a picture. Dr Oz shared that his audience was all going to do it together. They each had a lime and took a bite out of them to raise awareness.
Will you participate in the challenge? Take a picture of yourself taking a bite out of Lyme!