Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe and is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks typically carry the bacteria, which they spread to humans while feeding on their blood, but other insects including mosquitoes are also implicated.
Some people will experience a rash in the shape of a bull’s-eye around the site of the tick bite, while others who have been bitten never see a rash at all. About 25% of people will experience flu-like symptoms which they usually do not associate with being bitten. Thus, many people go untreated until more serious symptoms begin to prevail.
Irina provides detailed diagnostic options for Lyme and co-infections and creates treatment plans based on test results and symptoms.