April Showers Bring May…Ticks? —Wellness Wednesdays with Dr. Alison Maloof, ND

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 11:45am

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April Showers Bring May…Ticks? —Wellness Wednesdays with Dr. Alison Maloof, ND

Have you been noticing more ticks? I sure have! I don’t think the ticks have arrived just because its Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

As the temperatures warm up the deer ticks (and other creatures) make their way out into the world. Those deer ticks love to feast on humans. There are approximately 400,000 new cases of Lyme disease diagnosed each year. Many cases also go undiagnosed because the symptoms of Lyme disease are varied and can affect many different systems of the body, such as nervous system, cardiovascular system, and musculoskeletal system.

Did you know? Deer ticks can carry many different diseases that can be transmitted to humans, not just Lyme Disease. Some other diseases include Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia.

Have I been bitten? Deer Ticks can be so small they are hard to spot, like the size of a tiny freckle or 2mm. Even these teeny-tiny ones can carry diseases and you may never know you had a tick bite.

No Rash? Many believe that you must have a “bullseye” rash to have Lyme disease. However, this is NOT true. Up to 30% of Lyme disease cases will never develop a rash.1

No Joint Pain? Many cases of Lyme disease include joint pain, but many do not. This is because the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can infect other parts of your body such as your heart, nerves, brain, and muscles.1

Concerned you have a tick-borne disease? I recommended seeing a naturopathic doctor or healthcare provider for evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Want to learn more? Keep reading my Wellness Wednesday articles or check out our Instagram and Facebook page: @atlasnaturopathic.

1“Lyme Disease.” Vermont Department of Health, 13 Dec. 2019, www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/tickborne-diseases/lyme-disease.

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About Dr. Alison R Maloof, ND
Dr. Maloof is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing at Atlas Naturopathic Health Center, a family healthcare practice in Rockport.  Dr. Maloof believes in treating her patients with a holistic approach, mapping a unique treatment plan based on your needs. She utilizes both modern and traditional therapies. Some of her featured services include: personalized nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and professional-grade supplements. Dr. Maloof treats many conditions including: menopause, skin conditions, tick-borne diseases, autoimmune disorders, GI disorders, anxiety/depression, chronic conditions, men & women’s health, and more.

Dr. Maloof is accepting new patients at Atlas Naturopathic Health Center. She offers complimentary 15-minute phone consults to see if naturopathic medicine is the right fit for your needs.

For more information please visit https://www.atlasnaturopathic.com or call 207-466-9079.