After a tick bite many people are afraid of Lyme disease. Clearly proving the infectious disease is often difficult. Lyme disease expert Prof. Dr. med. med. Heidelore Hofmann explains in the lifelikeinc.com interview why a detailed investigation is so important.
Prof. Dr. med. Heidelore Hofmann
Prof. Dr. med. Heidelore Hofmann is the coordinator of the AWMF guideline "Cutaneous Lyme Disease", former Senior Physician at the Department of Dermatology and Allergology of the Technical University of Munich and the Lyme Disease Consultation.
Prof. Hofmann, how is a Borrelia infection expressed?
The Borrelia infection usually goes unnoticed, only about five to ten percent of those infected fall ill. Lyme borreliosis occurs in 80 to 90 percent of cases in the skin. And in the form of the early infection, the so-called Wanderröte or erythema migrans. In the remaining 10 to 20 percent, there is either an acute neuroborreliosis with very severe, sciatica-like nerve pain, which occurs especially at night; or there is Lyme arthritis, which is associated with a severely swollen and painful joint. Less common are Lyme carditis, in which the heart muscle is inflamed, or other organ diseases.