This past week Justin Bieber publicized some surprising news amidst some fans commenting that he looked like a “drug addict.”
Bieber, 25, recently posted on his Instagram that he has recently being diagnosed with Lyme disease. Bieber is no stranger to chronic conditions and has shared with his fans that he also struggled with chronic mono that damaged his skin, several brain functions, and caused other health issues.
Bieber will actually be releasing a documentary soon in which he promises that additional information about his struggles with Lyme disease will be discussed.
“It’s been a rough couple of years,” Bieber wrote on his Instagram, but he promises that with the correct treatment he expects to be back to feeling his best.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is passed through deer ticks. These tiny ticks often fasten to inconspicuous areas on a person’s body like the groin, scalp, or armpits for up to two full days. During this time, they pass on their Lyme disease bacterium. Places in the Northeast are considered especially at risk, although the geographic range of risk is increasing. Every year the Center for Disease Control reports roughly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease.
Symptoms of infection may include a small rash at the site of the bite, but many people do not develop or notice signs initially.
People often struggle to get a diagnosis of Lyme disease because the symptoms are so similar to other diseases.
If Lyme disease is caught early it can be cured with antibiotics, but if it is diagnosed later in its development serious problems and damage can occur such as inflammation of joints, heart problems, and issues with the nervous system and brain.
Other celebrities like models Bella and Gigi Hadid have been outspoken about Lyme disease and even Avril Lavigne, who was bedbound for two years due to Lyme disease, expressed her condolences and empathy to Justin Bieber.
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