“Bella Hadid’s Brave Battle: A Rare Health Update on Her Lyme Disease Struggle”

Bella Hadid is still fighting Lyme disease, but she is putting her health first.

The supermodel has been out of the press for months because she has been getting medical treatment.

She just came back for a short time to give fans an update on her health. Bella, her brother Anwar, and her mother Yolanda were all diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012.

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ROME, ITALY – JUNE 28: Bella Hadid attends BVLGARI Dinner & Party at Stadio dei Marmi on June 28, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Bvlgari )

 

On Sunday morning, she gave her 59.3 million fans a look at what she’s been up to since then.

Hadid wrote in the title of a slideshow of medical photos on Instagram, “The little me who went through pain would be so proud of the adult me for not giving up on myself.”

“Thank you to my mom for keeping all of my medical records, always being there for me, protecting me, helping me, and, most of all, believing in me through all of this.”

She continued, “Living in this state, which was getting worse over time, and working while trying to make myself, my family, and the people who helped me proud had hurt me in ways I can’t really explain. To be so sad and sick when I had so many gifts, opportunities, and people who loved me was probably the most confusing thing I’ve ever seen.

Bella then told her fans that she’s “fine” and that they “do not need to worry” about her.

“I have so much gratitude and perspective on life. This 100+ days of treatment, almost 15 years of invisible suffering, was all worth it if I can, God willing, have a lifetime of spreading love from a full cup and being able to truly be myself, for the first time ever,” Bella said, adding that as “painful” as it was, “the outcome was the most enlightening experience.”

Bella ended her message by thanking her medical team, fans, and managers for being patient. She told them, “I’ll be back when I’m ready. I really miss you all. I really love you all.”

In a separate post, Bella thanked her dog Glizzy P. Beans for “never leaving my side for even one second” while she was getting treatment.

FAQ’s

What are 3 common signs of Lyme disease?

These include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. The appearance of the erythema migrans rash can vary widely.

Can Lyme disease be cured?

Although most cases of Lyme disease can be cured with a 2- to 4-week course of oral antibiotics, patients can sometimes have symptoms of pain, fatigue, or difficulty thinking that last for more than 6 months after they finish treatment.

This condition is called ”Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome” (PTLDS).

What is the best treatment for Lyme disease?

For early Lyme disease, a short course of oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, cures the majority of cases. In more complicated cases, Lyme disease can usually be successfully treated with three to four weeks of antibiotic therapy.

Do all ticks carry Lyme disease?

Ticks prefer to live in wooded areas, low-growing grasslands, and yards.

Not all ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria.

Depending on the location, anywhere from less than 1% to more than 50% of the ticks are infected with it. While most tick bites are harmless, several species can cause life-threatening diseases.

What antibiotics treat Lyme disease?

The three first-line oral antibiotics for Lyme disease include doxycycline (Monodox, Doryx, Vibramycin, Oracea), amoxicillin (Amoxil), and cefuroxime (Ceftin, Zinacef).

Ceftriaxone (“Rocephin”) administered intravenously is the preferred antibiotic for neurologic Lyme disease in the United States.

Is there a vaccine for Lyme disease?

Lyme Disease Vaccine in Clinical Trials Kills Bacteria in Ticks When They Bite Humans.

A Lyme disease vaccine is available for dogs, but there is not one available for people. The only way to prevent Lyme disease infections in humans is to try to prevent tick bites.

What is the latest treatment for Lyme disease?

Final toxicity trials will continue this summer, but so far the treatment—an antibiotic known as hygromycin A—has not been toxic in animals and has effectively cleared Lyme disease in mice, Lewis says.

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