Full House Star Battling Lyme Disease

Former Full House cast member Ashley Olsen is reportedly battling Lyme disease, sources have confirmed. An unnamed source told OK Magazine recently that the illness is affecting Olsen’s ability to work on a daily basis.

“She’s really sick. It’s gotten worse,” the source told the celebrity gossip magazine. “She was diagnosed in the very late stages so early detection measures weren’t options for her.”

According to the source, Ashley Olsen is “…really going through it. When she does come to work, she looks haggard and disheveled. And she’s often moody. Ashley’s having a very rough time right now.”

Olsen, 28, and twin sister Mary-Kate are best known for sharing the role of Michelle Tanner, the youngest Tanner child on the hit 1990s ABC sitcom, Full House. The two actresses are currently in negotiations about possibly reprising their roles in a new Netflix reboot of Full House with fellow Full House alum John Stamos.

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Olsen was originally diagnosed with Lyme disease a few years ago, but it was not confirmed by the actress until just recently. Sources have further speculated that Olsen has remained out of the spotlight since 2012 due to her ongoing illness. According to an interview made to Radar Online, Olsen stated that she did not want to be the center of attention anymore.

Eventually, the Olsen twins quit acting and went on to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In the meantime, their younger sister, Elizabeth has become a popular movie star and recently appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Olsen is not the only celebrity star affected by this debilitating disease. Singer Avril Lavigne, reality television star Yolanda Foster, actor Alec Baldwin and former president George W. Bush all reportedly have had Lyme disease.

“I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” Lavigne told Metro Online. “I thought I was dying… I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months,” she added.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. Typical symptoms associated with Lyme disease include headache, fever, and fatigue.

Lyme disease is usually diagnosed when a person exhibits one or more symptoms as well as possible exposure to ticks. Most cases can be treated successfully in a few weeks with a course of antibiotics. Nevertheless, if left untreated, the infection can eventually spread to the nervous system, joints and even the heart.

Here are some common sense steps you can take to protect yourself from Lyme disease:

  • use insect repellent often
  • apply pesticides to backyards at least once or twice a year to reduce the risk of getting ticks
  • remove ticks quickly as possible with tweezers
  • try to avoid places where ticks like to hide (mostly wooded, bushy areas with long grass)
  • wear protective clothing when being outdoors
  • check children and pets for ticks

Even though there is no cure for Lyme disease, the CDC and other health organizations are working hard to find one. In the meantime, it is important for people to become more aware of this disease because it can be fatal if left untreated.

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