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Lyme disease and Lupus are two terms that are often used together. Although both are different, there is a secure connection between the two. This connection is related to the misdiagnosing of Lyme disease with other similar disorders such as Lupus. Some of the symptoms of both of these diseases often appear identical. These symptoms include the appearance of rashes on the body, joint pain, heart, and muscle issues. Patients who have Lyme disease have been diagnosed with many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus. That is why the diagnosis of Lyme disease and Lupus often becomes a challenge.
Lupus, also known as Lupus Primer, is a disease where the body’s immune system starts attacking the body’s tissues. As a result, it causes severe inflammation in different parts of the body. The disease is more common in African Americans. However, it can occur in people of all ethnic groups. On the other hand, Lyme disease spreads through a bacterium, and it is transmitted through human beings as well.
The causes of both diseases
One of the significant reasons for Lyme disease is a bacterium that is scientifically known as Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium spreads through a bite of an infected tick known as black-legged tick. When the bite is infected, the bacterium spreads. However, Lupus doesn’t spread from one person to another due to any bacterium, as explained already.
Common symptoms of Lyme disease & Lupus
The most common symptoms are headache, fever, skin rash, also known as erythema migraines, fatigue, and joint pain. In severe cases, this infection can become even worse and spread to other parts of the body, such as joints, the nervous system, and the heart. The skin rash can take many different forms, and they can appear on any part of the body. This rash doesn’t appear immediately and takes around 5-30 days to take the full form.
Moreover, this rash is not painful or itchy due to which most of the patients don’t take it seriously. However, if left untreated, it can move to other parts of the body and can also attack the nervous system, peripheral system, and cardiovascular system. Once, the Lyme disease becomes chronic, and the symptoms can become even severe.
On the other hand, the symptoms of Lupus are different in each person as it can affect any organ of the body differently.
Many people who have Lupus or any other autoimmune diseases, often turn out to be infected from Lyme. The bacterium that is responsible for causing Lyme disease is known to be a great imitator, and it is capable of mimicking and triggering many diseases. The same is the case with Lupus. It weakens the immune system and makes way for many other latent conditions. It seems like there is a dire need for good and tons of research on Lyme disease and Lupus to achieve better treatments and results.