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10 Celebrities With Lyme Disease

Mark Ruffalo, Bella Hadid, and 8 Other Celebs Who've Spoken Up About Lyme Disease

10 Celebrities With Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, despite impacting roughly 476,000 people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is still so misunderstood. Unfortunately, vague symptoms like severe fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, joint pain, and muscle weakness make it difficult to diagnose. Yet, disease-carrying ticks are present throughout the world — and when Lyme disease is left 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.

Educating others about the risks of Lyme disease could save them years of painful symptoms and long-term effects. So it's especially nice to see when celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Bella Hadid, Shania Twain, and many others who have been treated for Lyme disease use their platforms to draw attention to the condition. Check out these celebs who have all opened up about their experiences with Lyme disease.

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