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Lyme Disease: 5 Things To Know About Yolanda Foster’s Scary Diagnosis

Tue, January 20, 2015 10:02am EDT by Lauren Cox 42 Comments
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‘RHOBH’s Yolanda Foster revealed that she is so debilitated by Lyme disease that she can no longer read or write, here are some basic facts you need to know about the fastest growing infectious disease.

Yolanda Foster, 51, recently shared the sad news that her struggle with Lyme disease has escalated to a point where she can no longer do basic functions such as read or write. Now, HollywoodLife.com would like to help educate our readers by providing the top five basic facts, symptoms, and more things you need to know about this scary and crippling disease.

Lyme Disease Symptoms & Facts: 5 Things T0 Know

1.) Lyme Disease Is Transmitted By Ticks

Lyme disease is primarily transmitted by tick bites, and is an inflammatory disease that first appears as a rash, followed by a headache, fever, and chills.

2.) Lyme Disease Can Escalate Into More Serious Conditions

One of the scariest things about Lyme disease is that it can sometimes become a much more serious neurological and cardiac issues. This is called the “second stage” of Lyme disease, and it includes numbness, pain, and symptoms similar to those associated with meningitis. Nerve damage in the arms and legs can also occur, but that can take weeks, months, sometimes even years to reveal itself.

3.) Lyme Disease Should Be Treated Early On

If symptoms of Lyme disease occur, you should seek medical treatment immediately because the disease is best treated when it is caught in it’s early stages. Often, Lyme is treated with aggressive antibiotics for a long period of time. If the Lyme is caught in it’s later stages, it is much harder to control. Most patients infected with Lyme disease and treated quickly will have a full recovery.

4.) Lyme Disease Is Rapidly Growing In America

To make matters worse, and even more scary, Lyme disease infects at least 300,000 Americans a year. It is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States, with the number of cases growing 25x’s since 1982.

5.) 95% Of Lyme Disease Occurs In The North East

Surprisingly, in 2013, 95% of Lyme disease cases were located in only 14 states — most of which were in the North East region of the United States. Those states include Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maine, and more.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do you or anyone you know suffer from Lyme disease? Leave your thoughts on the infectious disease, as well as any experiences you may have had, in the comments below.

— Lauren Cox