Cases of a Brain-Swelling Disease Are Expected to Increase in Texas
There's a pro golfer from Texas who was unfortunate enough to get Lyme disease, and he says it makes you feel awful with headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue [PGATour.com]. Yuck. Lyme disease cases are supposed to increase this year, and here's what we need to do about it.
Stay away from ticks! Lyme disease comes from ticks, and it's mostly on the East Coast and in the Midwest, so be careful when you're traveling. The "Texas tick" doesn't usually carry Lyme disease, but just when we start thinking we're in the clear, watch one of those little boogers start injecting people with headaches and fatigue. So we'll stay on our toes about that and carry some tick spray when we're camping, fishing, and puttering around in the yard this summer.
PGA golfer, Jimmy Walker, lives near San Antonio, and he talked with FOX San Antonio earlier this month about his frustrations with Lyme disease. The symptoms include fever, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches, and Walker said it just makes you feel awful. He's recovering, but it knocked him out for awhile and we don't want you to go through the same thing.
Healthline.com says the treatments for Lyme disease are most effective when you start them early, and if you let the symptoms linger you'll be down for the count a lot longer. The disease can make your brain swell and cause heart palpitations, and it can cause drooping on one side of the face.
There are usually less than a hundred cases of Lyme disease each year in Texas, but they're expecting that to increase this year. If you're traveling to the Upper Midwest or the Northeast this summer, don't let any of those ticks catch a ride back in your suitcase. That's where most of the cases have been lately.
The obvious way to prevent Lyme disease is to steer clear of ticks, with sprays for us and collars for the dogs. Jimmy Walker said the disease made his body feel "like a rock" and he didn't have the energy to play with his kids, let alone with other professional golfers on the PGA tour.
A Texas summer with no energy for vacations and water parks would stink! So heed the warning and shoo the ticks.