A new study suggests that exposure to ticks can lead to Lyme disease, a potentially serious disease that can cause severe, life-threatening inflammation and lead to long-term health problems.
In a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers looked at more than 5,000 people in the U.S. and found that people who were bitten by ticks in the past year had a 40% higher risk of developing Lyme disease than those who did not.
According to the researchers, the higher rate of Lyme disease among people who had been bitten by a tick during the past two months is related to the fact that the tick can live for months or years in the skin of someone.
The ticks can also be able to shed their eggs, which can lead them to a host of other organisms, including humans, which then can transmit the infection to other people.
“Ticks can infect humans and animals as well as other mammals and birds, so it’s important to be vigilant,” Dr. Matthew L. Smith, the lead author of the study, told News24.
The authors also found that a tick bite that started in the chest was linked to a higher risk for Lyme disease in those who had a history of previous tick bites, but not those who were not.
This means that tick bites in the last two months of a person’s life can be a potential marker for the onset of Lyme, the disease that affects up to 1.3 million people in America and is also caused by bacteria.
“We know that it’s possible that someone could develop Lyme disease even if they have no previous tick exposure,” Dr Smith said.
Ticks have also been found to be a risk factor for other infections, including urinary tract infections and pneumonia.
People who have a history in the hospital of a tick infection may also be at a higher potential risk for a subsequent infection from another source.
This is because tick bites can carry bacteria that can lead the tick to reproduce more quickly, increasing the chance of an infection spreading.
“These ticks are a big risk, but there are other factors,” Dr S. K. M. Vakharia, a microbiologist and an author of several studies published in peer-reviewed journals, told news24.
“Some of the things that are happening in the gut are actually causing Lyme disease because of the bacteria that live there,” Dr Vakaria added.
“The bacteria that are in the intestines of these people are also very important in the brain, because the bacteria in the bacteria-laden gut can influence how they respond to stimuli and that is what we’re seeing with the immune system,” Dr M. M., a professor at the University of Maryland, told Fox News.
“I don’t know why they have to be in the intestine, but that’s why they’re spreading.”
Dr Smith said he was not surprised by the results, given that there are currently more than 3,000 reported cases of Lyme illness in the United States each year.
“There is a big correlation between Lyme disease and tick exposure, so people should be more vigilant,” he said.
“People should be able feel their immune system and they should be vigilant.”