Around 300,000 Americans get Lyme disease every year, even though the condition is often hard to identify as it mimics other illnesses. At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, and his team offer an integrative approach to diagnosing and treating conditions like Lyme disease, and their whole-person approach helps them to diagnose Lyme disease quickly. If you’re concerned about Lyme disease, call the Winchester, Virginia, office or make an appointment online today.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection Borrelia burgdorferi causes. In most cases, Lyme disease spreads via Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks on the East Coast, and black-legged ticks on the West Coast.
Lyme disease is often called the Great Imitator because it’s symptoms could be due to a wide range of illnesses, and it’s often initially misdiagnosed. However, some of the common symptoms of Lyme disease include:
In some cases, you might also develop Bell’s palsy, which causes facial drooping or a bull’s eye shaped rash.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s essential that you make an appointment with Dr. Morin at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus. When left undiagnosed and untreated, Lyme disease can become chronic and cause long-term health problems.
The ticks that carry Lyme disease live in grassy and wooded areas. If you spend time outdoors, your chances of getting a tick bite are high. When a tick bites you, it stays attached to your body until it drinks its fill of your blood or you find it and remove it.
Unfortunately, the ticks that carry Lyme disease are quite small, and you may not notice a tick right away. But the longer the tick stays attached to your body, the higher the chances of it transferring the bacteria to you.
At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, Dr. Morin offers comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose Lyme disease. He talks to you about your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health.
In most cases, he orders blood tests, including the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test and the Western blot test, as well as tests to rule out other conditions that could cause your symptoms.
If Dr. Morin finds Borrelia burgdorferi or the antibodies your body produces to fight the infection in your blood work, he creates a customized treatment plan to heal your body and restore your health.
For example, he prescribes antibiotics to help your body fight off the infection. Also, he may recommend additional therapies and lifestyle modifications to improve your overall health and support your recovery.
If you’re concerned about Lyme disease and want to work with a doctor who will help you improve your overall health while also treating your illness, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or make an appointment online today.