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what would it take to cure someone of chronic lyme disease?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Question the Dx: I personally do not believe in the concept of chronic lyme disease. You may want to consult with an infectious disease specialist or a rheumatologist.
Dr. Tedde Rinker
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Many issues: It takes longer to treat if you had the infection for a long time (a year or more) before starting treatment. Sometimes many months to 1-2 years. If you have multiple tick borne infections like babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma, various viruses, then treatment is extended to address these other infections, which need different drugs than what we use for lyme.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Studies have shown that long term antibiotic use has no value and creates more problems than it solves. Show me a controlled study
May 11, 2013

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I like to hike, does this make me more susceptible to Lyme disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: If you hike in an area known to harbor the ticks that can carry lyme disease you are certainly more likely to get it than the city dweller that avoids such activity. That said, pre-hike preparation using repellants &light colored long sleeve clothing can reduce risk. A post hike body check for feeding ticks can also help as the ticks must feed for several hours before transmission is likely.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Lyme ticks: Discuss this with your veterinarian. It is very important to decrease your exposure to these tics.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is Lyme disease contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: A person with LD is not going to spread it to others in their social contact. It is passed thru a tick bite if the tick is a carrier.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are the heart regularities caused by 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 23-year-old member asked:

May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite.

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