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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

Dr. Chevies Newman
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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 bacterium 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?

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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Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Not necessarily: Lyme is a complex illness. Some who have it become quite ill, while others have mild symptoms. This depends on the strain of lyme bacteria, genetics of the patient, presence of co-infections like babesia & bartonella & factors that affect immune function like nutrition, parasites, heavy metals, mold exposure & stress. Thus, like adults, some children become quite ill but others have minimal symptoms. ...Read more

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How doyou feel in early stages of Lyme disease?

How doyou feel in early stages of Lyme disease?

Not well: Lyme disease presents early with a classic rash which is an expanding circle of redness clearing in the center. There may be fever, chills, malaise, headache, stiff neck, and involvement of joints (arthritis), the heart, and the nervous system may all follow. It is due to a spiral bacterium transmitted by deer ticks (borellia burgdorfii), and should be treated aggressively to prevent long illness. ...Read more

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How might you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

How might you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

May need help: The extent of how much a child with lyme disease can be included in daily activities will depend on the extent of his disease consequences. Children with only minimal symptoms, can probably be back to pre-disease activity states. Those with more severe impairment may need help from physical and occupational therapists. A lot of resources may be found from online support groups as well. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease symptoms recur even when it is caught early?

Can Lyme disease symptoms recur even when it is caught early?

No: If it effectively treated early in the disease course, recurrence of symptoms is more likely to be a new infection than the same previous bout. ...Read more

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How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

No need to exclude: Children with LD are at no risk of spreading their ailment to others.
They can be included with other children in activities that are only limited to their level of tolerance. ...Read more

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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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What is the treatment for Lyme disease (early)?

What is the treatment for Lyme disease (early)?

Oral antibiotics.: The treatment for this is apparently oral antibiotics. For those >=12 and not pregnant, Doxycycline 100mg 2x/day is the first choice, while those <12 get amoxacillin 50mg/kg/day. Amoxaciliin 500 mg 3x/day is the second choice for adults. The 3rd and 4th choices for all ages are Cefuroxime axetil 500 mg 2x/day and Erythromycin 250 mg 4x/day respectively. ...Read more

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If caught early can antibiotics successfully treat Lyme disease?

YES: Antibiotics are highly successful in treating early lyme disease; the earlier treatment begins after infection the better. However, many doctors give inadequate treatment, such as Doxycycline 100 mg 2x/day for 10 days. Ilads, the professional organization of lyme specialists, advises Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 1 month (or similar). See
http://www.Ilads. Org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines. Html. ...Read more

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Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Yes and yes: If the mother has lyme disease, it can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy. If the infected mother is treated with a conservative dose of antibiotics during preg, lyme doesn't circulate so doesn't infect fetus. Infected male partner can pass the infection through semen to partner. Lyme is a bacterium not a virus. ...Read more

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Hi, I smoke weed every day and I'm also on doxycycline hyclate for early stage Lyme disease, I'm finding Bright red blood diarrhea now?

Hi, I smoke weed every day and I'm also on doxycycline hyclate for early stage Lyme disease, I'm finding Bright red blood diarrhea now?

Blood: Usually bright red blood results from hemorrhoidal bleeding and is less concerning than a darker, purplish jelly like blood which stems from higher up. See a doctor today. Check a CBC to evaluate for anemia. Have an exam to see if you have bleeding hemorrhoids. Stop any blood thinners like aspiring. Please get help. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology : When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. It's too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation — especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more

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Does lyme disease go away?

Does lyme disease go away?

Not if untreated.: Untreated Lyme disease can progress to have cardiac (heart) and neurologic (brain and nerves) complications. If left untreated too long some damage can be permanent. Lyme disease can be treated with common antibiotics. If you have symptoms, like a bullseye rash, joint pains, fevers, or headache, and have a reasonable chance of exposure, please see a doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease live for ever?

Can Lyme disease live for ever?

Not sure of question: Do you mean to ask if lyme would continue indefinitely if not treated? Te answer to that is yes, though the typical course for lyme disease is one where symptoms can tend to come & go, get worse, then better. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more

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How to deal with Lyme disease as a teen?

It depends: It depends on what specific manifestation of lyme disease you mean and what therapies were used to treat it. ...Read more

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Where can I get checked for Lyme disease?

Where can I get checked for Lyme disease?

See detail: Any doctor, clinic or urgent care center can order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is Lyme disease tested?

Blood test.: Simple blood test are very helpful. If the screening test is positive then another blood test, the western blot, is done to confirm. ...Read more

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I've had Lyme disease. Can I get it again?

I've had Lyme disease.  Can I get it again?

Yes: Depends on your immune system's response. If the tick bite you again, possibility you will get it again. ...Read more

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How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease can be detected by blood by testing the igm level. However, lyme disease can turn into complicated chronic problem affecting many systems of the body. It can be treated with antibiotics. Treatments varies depend on when it was discovered and how it had spread. Consult your doctor if you have concern for contacting the disease. Early treatment and proper prevention is important. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

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. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of Lyme disease?

See below: Red, expanding rash called erythema migrans (EM)
Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Bell's Palsy or facial paralysis, neck stiffness, Heart palpitations and dizziness, Late stage Lyme has bouts of arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling ...Read more

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Are there any at home remedies for Lyme disease?

No: See a doctor if you think yopu may have lyme dsease and do not try to treat it yourself, at home. ...Read more

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Lyme disease testing and diagnoses — is it very accurate?

No: Lyme testing is notoriously inaccurate. The western blot is not great. I like the ispot lyme test better. ...Read more

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What part of the nervousesystem is affected by Lyme disease?

Numerous parts: Peripheral nerves and different parts of the brain can be involved. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition 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 diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


Dr. Edwin Schuller
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Early Lyme Disease (Definition)

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, ...Read more