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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


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If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Yes: Both syphilis and lyme disease are treatable and curable with antibiotics. In the case of syphilis, intravenous or intramuscular penicillin is used. For lyme disease, oral Doxycycline or intravenous Ceftriaxone are used. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Maybe: It's not cleare what "regular antibiotic treatment" means. Both diseases are infectious in nature and will each respond to antibiuotic therapy. The medicvations used are commonplace antibiotics but the proper ones need to be selected based on the disease. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in june of 2012. I had an antibiotic treatment and now I've noticed arthritic symptoms. Can i still have the disease?

Lyme disease: It is possible that you are still infected or have been reinfected. Certainly, post=lyme joint-pain is not unknown. Even after the infection is controlled, there are sometimes sequallae that remain. You may need to see an infectious disease specialist, who is the expert in detecting and then treating some of the more difficult maladies. ...Read more

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How long on antibiotics for Lyme will you start feeling better?

How long on antibiotics for Lyme will you start feeling better?

3-4 days: In the treatment of primary lyme disease, one should be improving within 3-4 days after beginning antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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How long does it take for Lyme disease fever to go down with oral antibiotic therapy?

How long does it take for Lyme disease fever to go down with oral antibiotic therapy?

Depends: If you caught the disease early, in stage 1 with the initial fever and rash, fever should resolve within a couple of days of starting the antibiotic. If the disease had progressed further before treatment was initiated, it may take a lot longer to become fever free - even 10-14 days. Make sure you don't skip doses and let your doc know if any new symptoms or you're not feeling better. ...Read more

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Is there anything I can take to prevent yeast infections? I am going to be on strong antibiotics for Lyme & 2 co-einfections for a long time.

Is there anything I can take to prevent yeast infections?  I am going to be on strong antibiotics for Lyme & 2 co-einfections for a long time.

Get a 2nd opinion: The best way to prevent yeast infection is to avoid unnecessary antibiotics. Proper treatment of lyme disease & other tick borne infections can usually be achieved in about 2-3 weeks - if treatment is prescribed >4 weeks consider a 2nd opinion with another expert (it never hurts to ask). Alert your doctor of any new symptoms of yeast asap rather than take a preventive antifungal for yeast. ...Read more

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Can arthritic symtoms occur after antibiotic treatment of lymes disese?

Can arthritic symtoms occur after antibiotic treatment of lymes disese?

In most cases, Lyme: Arthritis does not recur after appropriate therapy for this infection although reinfection can certainly occur. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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