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How Long Do You Take Antibiotics For Lyme Before Feeling Better
7-10 days: I usually recommend a full 10 day course. ...Read more
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
Is hospitalization needed for chronic Lyme disease treament (during an intravenous antibiotic treatment)?
Not necessarily: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?
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
Lyme: Elisa test to determine if you're infected, if +, a Western Blot to confirm. I don't think Lyme endemic in Chile. ...Read more
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
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
I'm being treated for acute Lyme disease with IV anitibiotics. How long does it take to feel better once this treatment begins?
A few days: Usually people start feeling better within the first week. ...Read more
I am prescribed several antibiotics at once to help control Lyme disease. I feel completely stoned! I don't drink or smoke or take anything else. Help?
How long after starting antibiotics should the rash go away if you believe you have Lyme disease?
It could be up: To several weeks. If longer, see a Dr. ...Read more
How long should I be on antibiotics when I have had untreated Lyme disease for 1 1/2 years? Was untreated due to my pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Look at symptoms: Rather than a set time for taking antibiotics, many docs treat until the symptoms are gone. There are also a couple of blood tests that help determine if the infection is still active. ...Read more
How long should antibiotics be used for Lyme disease? I was stopped before the two weeks was up whole being treated on doxycycline for a past infection of Lyme.
Treatment of lyme: Lyme disease is an extremely complex illness sometimes, and what is diagnosed as lyme may include other "piggyback" infections. A simple case of lyme discovered early may resolve completely, but cases that are not diagnosed early may become chronic. I have CT relatives with recurrent symptoms that respond well to different antibiotics but don't want to clear. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/lyme/treatment/ ...Read more
Aside from Lyme itself, do the long-term and sometimes extreme treatment protocols by "Lyme literate mds" for tick-borne illness have any truth? They have you believe all humans in the E USA need combitorial antibiotics/antiprotozoals to find health
Beware of quacks: The problem with Lyme disease is that there is a whole other 'culture' of treating Lyme that is well outside of established medical principles. There's actually a case I know of where the patient DIED because of some 'quack' treatment by one of these Lyme doctors. I suggest you seek out a board certified Infectious Disease doctor who can offer you real options that actually work and restore health ...Read more
Can Lyme disease cause anxiety attacks and nervousness. A feeling that your not yourself. Maybe like a panic attack. Can antibotic help?
Indeed it can: There are a few ways that psychological symptoms can arise in lyme disease - the disease causes increased pressure in the head which affects blood flow and oxygen and causes all sorts of cognitive/emotional disturbances. The might only last awhile, but they may recur. Antibiotics may or may not help - that's lyme, right? A link: http://www. Newyorker. Com/reporting/2013/07/01/130701fa_fact_specter. ...Read more
Hello, if you spot a tick and you develop a bulls eye rash but no other symptoms of lyme, how long is the initial treatment period of antibitics?
Fever in 2010. Antibioitics for few days (not long enough). Since then: idiopathic pain in ears/jaw, idiopathic pericarditis in 2013. Still tired/dizzy. Jaw/ears hurt mostly when I hav a cold. Lyme's?
Good thought: Reasonable to test for lyme. You may have tmj. A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine or mono. ...Read more
Is it standard practice to continue antibiotics for Lyme disease until all symptoms are gone? So this could be weeks. Months.?
No: Studies have shown that long term use of antibiotics produces no benefit and can cause significant problems. ...Read more
I have neuro Lyme and have heard 6 weeks of IV antibiotics has better results than 4 weeks. What is your opinion?
Symptoms the key: It's better to lok at resolving the neuro symptoms rather than setting a limit on weeks of treatment without regard to improved symptoms. ...Read more
If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?
Not a clue: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review. You provide no info beyond a negative test result. No history, no exam findings, no initial problem. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete, We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more
I have Lyme and believe I might have Lyme carditis, how is this diagnosed and treated? (anything besides antibiotics? Have already finished 4 weeks)
Could Lyme disease reoccur? And can it be passed to children? I was sick with very random and strange mental and physical symptoms as a teen and at 17 after many tests I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I was treated for about a year with antibiotics, and
The: The short answer to your questions is yes and yes. ...Read more
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
Lyme Disease: Very difficult to answer. At least 3 weeks of antibiotics are recommended but there can be variable responses to treatment. Some people are treated and have no lingering symptoms, others can have many. ...Read more
What to do if I know that antibiotics can help against Lyme disease, but what is it exactly that they do?
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