A 49-year-old female asked:
How do infectious diseases doctors compare to lyme literate doctors. what's the controversy. i'm very confused?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallantanswered
Infectious Disease 38 years experience
Chronic Lyme: "lyme literate" physicians believe that there is such a thing as chronic lyme disease that must be treated with long courses of IV antibiotics. Most infectious disease specialists, including the experts who write lyme disease treatment guidelines, feel that there is no evidence to support this diagnosis or this practice.
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Many "Lyme literate" doctors do not advise IV antibiotics; many advise no antibiotics and treat with herbs. See these studies for evidence of chronic Lyme: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6023324/ https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/resources/evidence-of-persistence-lyme-disease-in-humans/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171213143613.htm
Jan 8, 2019
Dr. Michael Einanswered
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
See below: Id doctors have reviewed all scientific evidence about lyme disease and published that information in the journal clincial infectious diseases. This review proved there is no evidence to support the existence of chronic lyme disease. Many lyme literate doctors ignore scientific fact and treat patients for chronic lyme disease a condition they do not have and which does not exist.
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Dr. Ein, here are 77 studies from the peer-reviewed literature demonstrating the persistence of Lyme disease after antibiotic therapy (and thus supporting the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease): http://www.lymeinfo.net/medical/LDPersist.pdf
Mar 25, 2014
Unfortunatley the above link expired but here is solid evidence of the existence of Chronic Lyme: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6023324/ https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/resources/evidence-of-persistence-lyme-disease-in-humans/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171213143613.htm
Jan 8, 2019
Last updated Jan 8, 2019
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