Women's Hair Loss & Lyme Disease

by Melanie Grimes

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick. The ticks become infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi after biting deer. Many symptoms arise from this disease, and hair loss is common. Hair from the head and even eyebrows can fall out. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, and usually the hair will return after treatment.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Symptoms of Lyme disease usually start with a round, red swelling at the site of the tick bite. After that symptoms can progress, starting with a simple rash. Hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat and arthritis-like symptoms follow.

Complications

In addition to hair loss, Lyme disease can also cause headaches, nerve sensations, and even memory loss, panic attacks, and depression.

Thyroid Connection

According to Dr. William Rassman, Medical Director and Founder of the New Hair Institute, hair loss can be caused by thyroid problems. The Lyme disease may trigger hypothyroidism, which then triggers the hair loss.

Other Causes of Hair Loss

There are numerous other cause of hair loss, such as aging and stress. Discuss this condition with your doctor to find out if the hair loss is related the Lyme disease or not.

Treatment

Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics and other natural antibacterial agents. Check with a medical professional if you have symptoms of Lyme disease, or if you have been bitten by a tick.

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About the Author

Melanie Grimes is a medical journalist, homeopath, award-winning screenwriter, and editor of integrative medicine journals. Her essays have been published by Penguin Putnam. She writes and teaches homeopathy worldwide and is currently working on a novel and a memoir.