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i have lyme disease and am on doxi. i want to know if there is anything otc i can take to treat symptoms.

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Dr. Philip Miller
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NO: except Tylenol or Advil for pain/fever.

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If untreated is Lyme disease fatal?

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Dr. Ravinder Rustagi
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LYME DISEASE: Lyme disease can cause serious heart irregularities including complete heart block which can be fatal if not treated properly.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is Lyme disease prevalent in the us?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
YES: No one knows for sure how many people in the US have lyme disease; one estimate I have seen is 115,000 but the number is likely much higher.The CDC says there are about 27,000 new cases a year but estimates only 1 in 10 are reported, so the CDC estimate is 270,000 new cases per year. Some Lyme experts feel only 1 in 25 cases are reported, which would mean nearly 700,000 new cases a year. See comment.
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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As to why so few cases are reported, the CDC criteria for reporting a case are ridiculously stringent. Most people who have proven Lyme disease do not meet the standards the CDC requires for reporting the disease. Also, many doctors are too busy to bother with the time & energy needed to submit reports.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between the three stages of Lyme disease?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Local, systemic: 1. Early localized (flu-like symptoms within wks). 2.Early disseminated-spreading thru body (facial paralysis-bell's palsy, joint aches or swelling, palpitations-weeks to mos later). 3. Late disseminated: centralnervous system- movement, speech problems, numbness, tingling, muscle problems, weakness, cognitive problems. Germ causing lyme cousin of syphilis germ-get it differently, behaves similar.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can Lyme disease be transmitted from person to person?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Lyme person to perso: Yes. Lyme disease can be transmitted via blood to blood transmission and through sexual transmission.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Yes-if Rx incomplete: Lyme disease may return if the treatment was insufficient. In the early phase, within weeks to a few months of a first tick bite, then a course of oral antibiotics should cure the problem. If the lyme disease is first diagnosed with systemic problems such as arthritis or neuropathy, then treament takes much longer, and incomplete treatment can be followed by a recurrence of symptoms.

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