Lyme Disease Gastroenterologist – Dr. Martin Fried in Ocean Township New Jersey
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. You can learn more about borrelia burgorferi by clicking here.
Ticks cary other infections such including Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Babesia and West Nile Virus.
Typical symptoms of Lyme include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Learn more information about skin rashes.
If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system and the Gastrointestinal tract. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks;
Laboratory testing is helpful but are not a requirement to making a diagnosis. Early diagnosis of Lyme can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.
The ticks that transmit Lyme can transmit other tick borne conditions including
Gastrointestinal Lyme and Other Tick Symptoms
Including: Babesia, Anaplasma, Enrlichia, Bartonella and Mycoplasma
Call 732-682-3425 or contact Dr Fried in Ocean Township NJ if you have any questions about lyme disease and how a gastroenterologist can help you.
Dr. Fried's Studies
Gi pathology of Lyme 1996
Lyme in Colon on Biopsy 1992
Lyme Spectrum 1999
Lyme Persists 2002
Simultaneous Gastrointestinal Infections
It is believed that in order to activate or suppress an immune related condition, a gene and an environmental trigger are necessary.
Celiac - gluten is believed to be the trigger to the immune activation.
Crohn's- Research into the immune activation is under investigation. It has been reported that Lyme may mimic Crohns's disease and ulcerative colitis by immune activation.