Full Moon and Lyme Disease

dreamstime_s_48834235-The fact that Lyme disease has different effects on different people makes it difficult to diagnose. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the Borrella burgdorferi bacteria, also known as Lyme Borreliosis and is more often spread in late spring, summer and early fall – it is at that time that deer ticks are most active.

Tick bites often go unnoticed because of the small size of the tick in its nymphal stage, as well as tick secretions prevent the host from feeling any itch or pain from the bite. However, transmission is quite rare, with only a small percentage of recognized tick bites resulting in Lyme disease.

There seems to be a direct correlation between a full moon and an increase and worsening of symptoms in a person battling Lyme disease and since very little information exist on this subject it cannot be adequately explained. What is certain though is that when a full moon occurs, many people enduring Lyme disease are affected.

So what do we know about this subject matter?  Well, we know that a full moon occurs every 29.53 days.  We also know that the reproductive cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi is roughly every 28-30 days.  What has been observed, but not understood is that these two events seem to coincide – they happen at the same time continuously.  Based on these facts, one may be inclined to reason that the uncanny and mysterious effect of a full moon acts as reminder or alarm clock for borrelia burgdorferi to reproduce.  Possible, but many people experience an increase in symptoms in not just a full moon, but a new moon as well.  Without definitive, certain or conclusive evidence, one can only assume there is a mysterious correlation between lunar activity as a whole and Lyme disease.