Humans can come in contact with Lyme disease from a bite of an infected deer tick. The deer ticks are infected with a spiral-shaped spirochete, which is responsible for the disease. During summer (prime time for ticks), deer ticks usually feed and mate on deer during a part of their life cycle. Which is why a large number of Lyme disease cases are reported from patients that live in suburban developments in rural areas. Ordinary ticks such as wood ticks or dog ticks do not carry the disease.
Lyme disease symptoms often imitate other diseases causing it hard to diagnose. In the early stages some symptoms include: stiff neck, chills, fever and a skin rash coming from the area of the tick bite that resembles a “bulls eye”. In the advance stages of Lyme disease, one may experience arthritis, especially in the knees. Also, neurological symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty with concentration, mood swings and changes in sleep patterns. In addition, Lyme disease can cause heart problems and can possibly affect the nervous system causing temporary paralysis of facial muscles, numbness and pain in limbs and poor coordination.
If Lyme disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it is most often curable. The disease is treated with a series of antibiotics depending on if the disease is in the early or late stage. In late stages of the disease, some patients might require intravenous drugs to relieve their symptoms.
In addition to medication to help fight Lyme disease, hyperbaric treatment can help fight the disease as well. The spiral-shaped spirochete, which is responsible for the disease, cannot survive in an oxygen environment of 160 mmHg. While inside of a hyperbaric chamber, oxygen levels increase up to 1794 mmHg and by the time it reaches the tissue level, the oxygen pressure rises to 300 mmHg, which kills the spiral-shaped spirochete. Hyperbaric therapy paired along with antibiotics has a great potential to cure the disease.
Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.