Justin Bieber had a pretty busy 2019. He had not one, but two weddings with model Hailey Bieber, continued growing his street-style fashion line called House of Drew, released a new single, Yummy, and ended off the year hot with the announcement of a new album, a world tour, and a Netflix documentary. Behind the scenes, though, Bieber’s 2019 was also allegedly dealing with some health issues.
TMZ and other outlets are reporting that the Sorry singer has been quietly battling Lyme disease. This information is reportedly set to be revealed in his upcoming documentary, Seasons, which will premier on January 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Lyme is an infectious disease that’s spread by ticks carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. There are at least 30,000 confirmed new cases every year in the United States, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the number may be as high as 300,000.
The most common sign of Lyme disease is a red, bullseye-shaped rash that occurs at the site of your infection (i.e., where your tick bite was). But the CDC says that only around 70% to 80% of Lyme disease cases have this symptom, so you’ll want to look out for other flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, but may become dangerous if immediate medical attention isn’t sought out. Over the course of weeks and even months, if not taken care of, symptoms can escalate to severe headaches, muscle stiffness, irregular heartbeat, inflammation, chronic nerve pain, and more.
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