DUBAI: Bella Hadid has opened up about her Lyme disease this week.
The American supermodel, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, took to Instagram to share insights about her illness, contracted through a tick bite.
The catwalk star, who was diagnosed in 2012, wrote to her 32.5 million followers: “Every day I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail … since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18.”
Accompanying the text, Hadid shared an infographic that shows the symptoms that patients of Lyme disease experience.
“The truth, the invisible disease,” added the 23-year-old.
She is not the only member of her family who suffers from the illness — her mother, Yolanda, and her brother, Anwar, also have it.
Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through infected ticks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, joint aches and a “bull’s-eye” rash that occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infections.
Most people who are treated with antibiotics early fully recover, according to the CDC, though the infection can become severe or prolonged in some cases.
Earlier this year, Justin Bieber revealed her also suffers from the same illness in a YouTube documentary.
“It’s been a rough couple years, but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease, and I will be back and better than ever,” the 25 year old said.