Amy Schumer Opens Up About Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Amy Schumer revealed she’s been battling Lyme disease in a recent throwback post on social media.
Alongside an image of herself as a child with her "first-ever fishing pole," the 39-year-old comedian told fans in the caption that she’s been diagnosed with Lyme disease and that she’s “maybe had it for years.”
"Anyone get LYME this summer? I got it and I'm on doxycycline. I have maybe had it for years. Any advice? Can you have a glass of wine or 2 on it?” she wrote. "I know to stay out of the sun. I'm also taking these herbs from cape cod called lyme-2.”
She went on to ask her followers and friends to comment or text her with their thoughts and experiences.
"I also want to say that I feel good and am excited to get rid of it," she concluded.
As per the CDC, Lyme disease is “caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii” and “transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.”
“Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system,” it reads on the CDC website.
The CDC advises that antibiotics — like the doxycycline Schumer mentioned — can be used to treat the disease, as can amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. They also say that people treated with these antibiotics “in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely.”
Schumer has never shied away from talking to her followers about her health struggles. In 2019 when she was pregnant with her son, Gene David, she shared with the public that she’d endured hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that comes with persistent nausea and vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. In since-deleted posts on Instagram, Schumer told fans: “I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But *&$^, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone.”