In a recent interview with People magazine, the music star disclosed she was bedridden for five months after contracting Lyme disease.
"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk, and I couldn't move," she told the magazine. "I thought I was dying."
Avril was bit by a tick last spring and subsequently developed symptoms of malaise, loss of appetite and weakness. Her doctors later made a diagnosis of severe Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United States.
Lyme disease is a multisystem illness caused by infection with the Borrelia burgdorferi and the body's immune response to the infection. The disease is transmitted to humans via tick bites. 25-30% of patients do not recall the tick bites because ticks are small and their bites painless. However, a small rash (bull's eye rash) may develop at the site of the bite.
You can avoid tick bites by: not walking in high grass and sitting on grass, covering as much skin as possible and using insect repellents.
Early detection of tick bites could save your life, so endeavour to look over your skin for unusual swellings and rashes.
|Erythema chronicum migrants (bull's eye rash) seen in early stages of Lyme disease|