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Dr. Edwin Schuller
39 doctors shared insights

Early Lyme Disease (Overview)

Early lyme disease is a condition in which the lyme bacteria causes infection after a tick bite and causes a red, target shaped rash, headache, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.


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My sister was diagnosed with early Lyme disease. What does this mean?

My sister was diagnosed with early Lyme disease. What does this mean?

She should recover: Lyme disease is caused by a spiral bacteria called borellia burgdorfii. It is transmitted to humans by the bite of ticks which pick it up from the local woodland animals (deer, rodents). It typically causes a circular rash which clears in the center and spreads outwards, but is also responsible for damage to the heart, nervous system and other areas of body. Easily treated if diagnose early. ...Read more

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Dr. Edwin Schuller
39 doctors shared insights

Early Lyme Disease (Overview)

Early lyme disease is a condition in which the lyme bacteria causes infection after a tick bite and causes a red, target shaped rash, headache, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.


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How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Many people with Lyme disease feel worse in hot weather. Stay in AC if you can on hot days. ...See more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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What's the usual medical treatment for early Lyme disease?

What's the usual medical treatment for early Lyme disease?

Antibiotics: Studies indicate that Azithromycin could be used but was less effective than Ampicillin or Amoxicillin (500 mg three times a day for three weeks). There are other alternatives, particularly if the patient is co-infected with babesia, or other tick-borne pathogens. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing early Lyme disease?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing early Lyme disease?

Avoid ticks: Wear long sleeves, cover pants with socks. Use insect repellant amd examine your skin for ticks when returning from tick prone areas. If exposed see doctor for examination of tick and early course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Do tuck your pant legs into your socks when traveling in tick infested regions. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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My sister was diagnosed with early Lyme disease. What does this mean?

She should recover: Lyme disease is caused by a spiral bacteria called borellia burgdorfii. It is transmitted to humans by the bite of ticks which pick it up from the local woodland animals (deer, rodents). It typically causes a circular rash which clears in the center and spreads outwards, but is also responsible for damage to the heart, nervous system and other areas of body. Easily treated if diagnose early. ...Read more

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What's the usual medical treatment for early Lyme disease?

Antibiotics: Studies indicate that Azithromycin could be used but was less effective than Ampicillin or Amoxicillin (500 mg three times a day for three weeks). There are other alternatives, particularly if the patient is co-infected with babesia, or other tick-borne pathogens. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Dr. Randy Baker
623 doctors shared insights

Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme is caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more