Lyme's Disease

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Lyme’s Disease is a bacteria infection that is transmitted by a tick. When a patient is bitten by a tick that is carrying Lyme’s disease, it will create a rash that will appear with “an expanding red border and centeral clearing, occasionally creating the classic ‘bull’s eye’ appearance (1)”. Early signs and symptoms are similar as the flu such as fever, headache, stiffness, fatigue, and joint pain. If it’s not treated, the severity worsens, “infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system (2).”
Medically, it is possible to treat diseases, depending on severity, in order for the patient to get well but the only flaw is finances. Companies want to make money out of every advantage that they can. According to one of my colleagues that there is a medication that can treat cancer but it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Capitalism is gruesome because it is beginning to outweigh a person’s health instead of balancing or allowing the person’s health become more important than money. Doctors and nurses should teach the patient that diseases will be treated but not cured because diseases can pause its process but can restart the process and further it’s destruction. They need to teach the patient and the patient’s family on preventive ways to prevent from getting the disease. “Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat (2)”.
In this generation, social media is a huge influencer that spreads word around the world. The greatest example is the ALS ice bucket challenge. This phenomenon was able to influence people to learn about ALS and raise a lot of money. Another great example is breast cancer awareness. We should have ways to make a stronger awareness on Lyme’s Diseases in which will teach people about the disease, teach about preventive methods, and raise money for patients that are in need in order to fight against Lyme’s Disease.

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