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A 42-year-old member asked:

Once you have lyme disease do you always have it or will it go away fully with antibiotics?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Infection goes away: Treatment approaches to lyme disease are sometimes controversial. Most lyme disease is easily cured with routine antibiotics prescribed by a doctor familiar with lyme. Late stage lyme disease occurring after initial treatment is usually due to a repeat infection. Persistent symptoms after antibiotics (post lyme syndrome) are not fixed by additional antibiotics & requires further medical research.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Lyme Disease: Very difficult to answer. At least 3 weeks of antibiotics are recommended but there can be variable responses to treatment. Some people are treated and have no lingering symptoms, others can have many.
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Last updated Oct 12, 2018
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