Every year, half a million people become infected with Lyme Disease. This serious condition can lead to a variety of chronic immunosuppressive issues that can be hard to diagnose and even more difficult to treat. Our team cannot only recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease in all its stages, but create a comprehensive treatment plan to minimize complications and greatly improve quality of life.

Understanding Lyme Disease

At Internal Healing and Wellness MD, Dr. Khan and his team have been helping men and women from all over Greater Houston area overcome Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. That said, being located in the warm and humid climate of Texas, more people from Spring, Conroe and The Woodlands are encountering ticks every year. This has encouraged us to make prevention a big part of our Lyme disease initiative.

Ticks are a type of arachnid that have evolved over thousands of years to become dependent on the blood of other animals. Though bites are common and usually harmless, they can sometimes transfer bacterial and viral infections to the host. In the case of Lyme disease, or "borreliosis", bite victims will eventually develop a bacterial autoimmune condition that goes on to attack the muscles, joints, organs, and nerve tissue, causing widespread symptoms that include:

Understanding Lyme Disease
  • Skin rashes
  • Achy muscles
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Swollen glands
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe headaches
  • Nerve tingling or numbness
  • Chest pain and heart palpitations
  • Severe headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Facial weakness
  • Pain or swelling in the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog or memory loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems

There are a variety of ways to test for Lyme disease, and Dr. Khan and his staff will usually recommend more than one in order to avoid a false positive result.

  • Western Blot Test This test searches for antibodies related to various strains of the borrelia bacteria.

  • Antigen Test These tests are non-invasive and use simple urine samples to test for the presence of Lyme disease toxins.

  • PCR Test Taking samples of blood, spinal fluid, urine, and small tissue, we can check for the presence of bacterial DNA throughout the body.

  • CD-57 Test Lyme disease suppresses the immune system, and the CD-57 test helps confirm the presence of borreliosis.

Understanding Lyme Disease

As with all treatments, the prognosis for Lyme disease differs greatly from person to person. Typically, a combination of antibiotics, herbal treatments, and anti-inflammatories may be recommended. We will also recommend various habitual changes to help patients deal with fatigue, including regular naps and the inclusion of an exercise routine.

Tick-Borne Illnesses

Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

    Unfortunately, Lyme disease is not the only medical condition we need to be aware of when it comes to ticks. Luckily, the team at Internal Healing and Wellness MD is also experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as:

  • Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF) Transmitted by soft ticks, the symptoms of this disorder include headaches, achy joints, and fever. It cycles for about one week before the sufferer feels better again.

  • Borrelia Mayonii A newly-discovered variant of Lyme disease with similar symptoms that often include nausea and vomiting.

  • Babesiosis A parasitic infection resulting from a tick bite. Symptoms include anemia, immune system issues, and flu.

  • Anaplasmosis This serious condition begins with flu-like symptoms that progresses quickly into difficulty breathing and renal failure. It can be fatal if not treated quickly.

  • Rickettsiosis An umbrella term for various spotted fevers that cause rashes, stomach pains, headaches, and vomiting. If untreated, the strain known as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can lead to death.

  • Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) Though similar to Lyme disease, this condition is characterized by a rash that spreads out in a circle over the course of a week. It is a relatively new illness whose treatment is still being evaluated.

  • Ehrlichiosis A variety of bacterial diseases spread by the lone star tick. Symptoms also include red eyes, aches and pains, headache, fever, and nausea. This particular strain of tick is also known for spreading the rare "Heartland Virus" and for causing alpha-gal allergies, which make the bite victim allergic to red meat.

  • Powassan Virus (POW) The Powassan virus lies dormant for up to a month after the initial bite before attacking the central nervous system. Untreated, it can cause lead to a serious case of meningitis.


Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment in Greater Houston

Internal Healing and Wellness MD has already helped thousands of people in Spring, The Woodlands, and other cities in Greater Houston deal with their Lyme disease diagnosis and make a comprehensive plan for recovery. We can also educate the public on how to minimize interactions with ticks and other disease-carrying animals.


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