If you’re in Scottsdale, Arizona, and struggling with undiagnosed symptoms like extreme fatigue, headaches, joint pain, or dizziness, turn to Dr. Aman Dalal to check for Lyme disease. At Arizona Infectious Disease, the highly experienced team specializes in diagnosing and treating a range of serious illnesses like Lyme disease. Call the office to set up a consultation or use the online scheduler to book now.
Lyme disease occurs when you’ve been bitten by a deer or black-legged tick that carries a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which can spread throughout your entire body and wreak havoc on your organs, brain, and nervous system.
If you spend time outdoors and in nature, your risk for contracting the illness increases. It’s most prevalent from spring to fall, but you can get a tick bite any time of the year. Because the tick is tiny and the bite is painless, you may not know that you’ve been bitten.
A tick can attach to your skin for days or weeks. The longer it stays, the more exposure you have to the dangerous bacteria.
It may take days, weeks, or months before you experience symptoms of Lyme disease. Not every tick carries Borrelia burgdorferi, so getting a tick bite doesn’t automatically mean that you have Lyme disease. But it’s imperative that you watch for these signs if you know you’ve been bitten:
You may also notice that you have a lack of appetite or that you frequently feel nauseous.
Lyme disease is best treated in its earliest stages, otherwise it can become chronic. Dr. Dalal assesses your condition and writes a custom and comprehensive treatment plan for you. He’ll likely recommend some anti-inflammatory drugs to help with pain and inflammation and a course of antibiotics.
In most cases, you’ll take the antibiotics by mouth. If Lyme has attacked your central nervous system or become chronic, you may need the medicine through an IV.
Useful holistic methods that Dr. Dalal often prescribes with conventional treatments include acupuncture, a detoxification diet, physical therapy, IV therapy, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and herbal medicine.
If you suspect you have Lyme disease, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. The team at Arizona Infectious Disease is eager to help. Call to schedule a consultation with a Lyme disease specialist or book your appointment online.