Four months after Avril Lavigne hinted at health issues in a series of tweets, the singer revealed that she is suffering from a severe case of Lyme disease.
In an interview with People, Lavigne explained that she had been feeling exhausted and lightheaded for months, and up until October, doctors were unable to figure out what was going on.
“I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool [at my 30th birthday party], I had to leave and go lie in bed,” she told People. “My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know.”Soon after, the doctors diagnosed her with a severe case of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks.
Lavigne surmises that she was bit by a tick last spring. “I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” she said. “I was bedridden for five months.”“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying.”
Now Lavigne is recovering at home in Ontario, and she’s “80 percent better,” she said, thanking her fans for all their support while she was MIA. “The get-well messages and videos they sent touched me so deeply.”
How to protect yourself from ticks:
Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
- Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents as well as exposed skin with approved insect repellants.
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas.
- Examine gear and pets.
- Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.