9 Celebrities Who Are Breaking the Silence Around Lyme Disease

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Disease-carrying ticks are present throughout the world, yet many people remain unaware of the serious dangers of Lyme disease. Unfortunately, vague symptoms like severe fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, joint pain, and muscle weakness make it difficult to diagnose. But when untreated, it can cause health issues that linger for years.

“Untreated Lyme, or cases that don’t respond to treatment, can cause long-term problems, including Lyme-related arthritis, when the bacteria enter joint tissue and cause inflammation, and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, which can cause fatigue, pain, and cognitive impairment long after treatment,” Brian Fallon, MD, director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University, told POPSUGAR last year.

Roughly 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowing how to prevent exposure (like keeping your skin covered outdoors) is an important step in the fight against the disease.

And because a delay in diagnosis increases the risk of long-term effects, educating others about the risks could save them years of painful symptoms. It also helps when celebrities like Shania Twain, Bella Hadid, and many others who have been treated for Lyme disease use their platforms to draw attention to the condition. Here’s what celebs have said about their experiences with Lyme disease.

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