“While many people keep saying that Bieber’s appearance is terrible, that he consumes methamphetamine, etc., what they don’t realize is that I have recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease,” Justin Bieber wrote in his Instagram account
“Not only that, but I had a serious case of chronic mononucleosis that affected my skin, brain functions, energy and my whole health,” he added.
DISEASE CAUSED BY A BACTERIA.
The Canadian has taken the opportunity to promote his new project. “All this will be explained in a documentary series that I will soon post on YouTube,” he said.
Bieber confesses that it has been a tough couple of years, “but I am receiving the right treatment that will help treat this disease that, for now, is incurable and I will return better than ever.”
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi, which enters the human body through the bite of different types of ticks that, in turn, acquired after biting infected animals.
A characteristic sign of this disease is a skin lesion called migratory erythema.
“It appears at the point of the bite and is characterized by the development of an erythematous papule that expands at the edges and clears up in the center adopting in many cases the appearance of a target. It appears a few days after the bite and rarely after three weeks, ”said the specialists of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC).
To differentiate it from the skin reactions caused by the bite of other arthropods, “it is considered that the migratory erythema must have a size greater than or equal to five centimeters. The lesion is painless and can adopt different shades, ”they add.
Likewise, they indicate that “satellite lesions” can be observed due to cutaneous dissemination of the bacteria and, in almost half of the cases, migratory erythema is accompanied by other manifestations such as fever, weakness and joint pain.
The experts of the SEIMC clarify that the erythema disappears spontaneously after a few weeks or months even if the patient does not receive treatment.
The physicians of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC) add that days or even months after the tick bite may appear other symptoms such as severe headaches; neck stiffness; arthritis with severe pain and inflammation in the joints, particularly in the knees and other large joints.
TREATMENT IN FUNCTION OF THE PHASE AND INTENSITY OF THE SYMPTOMS.
Other symptoms of the disease are: intermittent pain in the tendons, muscles, joints and bones; loss of muscle tone or fall of one or both sides of the face; palpitations; dizziness episodes; difficulty breathing; inflammation of the brain and spinal cord; neuralgia (pain along the path of a nerve); stabbing pain, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet and problems with short-term memory.
The experts of Sanitas, a company specialized in health insurance, indicate that the treatment consists of administering antibiotics during a period that can range between 10 days and 4 weeks, depending on the stage of the disease and the intensity of the symptoms.
It can begin to be applied within 72 hours after removing the tick from the skin.
“If the diagnosis of Lyme disease occurs in its initial phase, antibiotic treatment will be very effective. But if it is not treated in time, the infection can spread to the brain and nervous system and it will be more difficult to eliminate it, ”they say.
In addition, the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology points out that a small percentage of patients who have suffered from Lyme disease may suffer from a post-infectious syndrome that is characterized, above all, by lasting asthenia (weakness and fatigue) despite having received An adequate treatment.
“No clinical trial endorses treating these patients again,” says this entity.
From where, in addition, they add that Lyme disease can be prevented through personal protection measures that help us avoid tick bites.
However, in the case of being bitten by a tick, “it must be removed as soon as possible and carefully, with tweezers, avoiding its manipulation,” they point out.
In this regard, CDC specialists recommend using a fine-tipped clamp to hold the tick as close as possible to the skin’s surface.
Then you have to pull up constantly. “Do not twist the tick or give it a tug as this can cause parts of the mouth to separate from the rest of the body and remain inside the skin,” they warn.
If this occurs, the parts of the mouth that have been left on the skin with the clamp must be removed.
“After removing the tick, carefully clean your hands and the bite area with alcohol, an iodine-based cleaner or soap and water,” they advise.
They also indicate that the way to get rid of the tick is by soaking it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping it in duct tape or throwing it down the toilet, but always using the tweezers.
“Never crush a tick with your fingers,” they stress.