Even devoted viewers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills would never guess that newest cast member Yolanda Foster was suffering throughout Season 3 with Lyme disease. But the 49-year-old wife of composer David Foster had been suffering with severe symptoms for over two years, she told People.com.
“I had become a shell of the woman I used to be,” said the super-fit former model in the interview, who was shown on RHOBH running with other cast members and on her own during several episodes. She told People.com she suffered from fatigue, migraines, joint pain and “neurological malfunctions.”
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Those are some of the classic symptoms of the disease, which is typically transmitted by deer ticks. Other symptoms include numbness, weakness or paralysis of the limbs, and ringing in the ears, according to the Lyme Research Alliance (LRA).
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The relatively mild winters experienced in many parts of the country have resulted in a proliferation of pests, including the deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, say public health experts. To find out how to protect yourself from ticks and prevent Lyme disease, visit the LRA website.