National Safety Month: How to Manage Neuropathy from Chronic Lyme Disease with Mountain Ice Pain Relief Gel
Summer is a great chance to spend more time outdoors, but outdoors activities can have dangers that aren't immediately apparent. One of these hazards is Lyme disease. If you spend time hiking or outside in areas where ticks may be active, you need to know how to protect yourself from Lyme disease. Lyme disease has many different symptoms, but long-term symptoms may include neuropathy, arthritis, joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. Read on to learn how Mountain Ice Pain Relief Gel can help address long-term Lyme disease symptoms.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease, left untreated, can cause many different symptoms that develop over a long stretch of time:
Early Signs & Symptoms (3 to 30 Days After Tick Bite)
- Muscle and joint pain
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash: the famous bullseye-shaped rash associated with Lyme disease.
Erythema migrans occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infected persons and forms where a tick bite occurred, on average of 7 days after the bite. It expands over a period of several days, sometimes clearing as it does so, which accounts for the bullseye shape. This shape isn't present in all rashes.
Later Signs & Symptoms
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Brain and spinal cord inflammation
- Nerve pain
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands and feet
- Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
- Pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
- Additional EM rashes on other parts of body
- Facial palsy
- Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat (Lyme carditis)
- Dizziness and shortness of breath
Managing Nerve Pain and Inflammation from Chronic Lyme Disease
Chronic Lyme disease can cause a wide swath of symptoms including fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and musculoskeletal pain. This constellation of symptoms loosely falls under the category of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). There is no proven treatment for chronic Lyme disease or PTLDS, which often involve a slow healing of the nerve damage that causes symptoms like neuropathy.
Many patients with neuropathy apply topical pain relievers to relieve localized pain. Mountain Ice is an ideal choice for that, but can also do so much more. The ingredients contained in Mountain Ice have anti-inflammatory as well as anti-oxidant properties, both of which help to increase blood flow. Poor circulation is a common factor in neuropathy, and increasing the body's ability to deliver blood and oxygen to damaged nerves can speed up regeneration.
Many neuropathy cases also stem from inflammatory or autoimmune conditions, which cause painful inflammation and swelling as the body's immune system attacks itself. Mountain Ice contains a number of ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, such as menthol, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, and glucosamine that can reduce that swelling.