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Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Yes.: . It may do well. Irrespective, you should be on a 3 month course of doxycline 100 mg bid, which is both the cdc 's recommended therapy for all stages of lyme disease. ...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


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Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

No: Lyme is a disease that is spread by the bites of tics to humans. The only way to prevent lyme disease is to use proper insect repellant ( with deet ) to avoid getting bitten by the tics. If you are in wooded areas or areas where lyme is prevalent, make sure when you get home you check yourself and all others in your family for tics embedded in your skin. Remove them as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

In some cases but...: Noted lyme specialist raphael stricker discovered that many lyme patients have a low cd57 count (this is a subset of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells) and that the level often increases as patents improve. However, not all lyme patients have low cd57 counts. A low cd57 may be supportive of a lyme diagnosis but a high level in no way rules it out. See my comment for more info:. ...Read more

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Has anyone used mepron (atovaquone) for chronic Lyme disease?

Has anyone used mepron (atovaquone) for chronic Lyme disease?

Mepron (atovaquone): This is the brand name for atovaquone, an antiparasitic drug used occasionally in patients with tick borne illnesses when coinfection with babesia microti may be present and Azithromycin is used in combination. Not aware that Atovaquone is active against borellia burgdorfi, but if you go on line you can find testaments to its efficacy for almost anything. Be skeptical. ...Read more

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Has anyone used atovaquone for chronic Lyme disease?

Has anyone used atovaquone for chronic Lyme disease?

Treats Babesia not L: Atovaquone (mepron) is not effective for treating borrelia, the lyme bacteria. However, up to 70% of those with chronic lyme have babesiosis, a co-infection, and Atovaquone is the "drug of choice" for this. Successful treatment of chronic lyme requires treating co-infections like babesia & bartonella. There are natural alternatives to Atovaquone but that drug is relatively safe & effective. ...Read more

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Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

See below: Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment.See http://bit.Ly/1px4fnq ; http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/lymefiles.Html ; http://bit.Ly/qcegra ; http://bit.Ly/orugxl for details. ...Read more

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My doctor has me on doxycycline and cefixime simultaneously to treat lyme disease. Much literature and theory suggests that lactams combined with bacteriostatic tetracyclines are antagonistic. Is this true for the lyme spirochetes?

Should be OK but...: While theoretically doxycycline could interfere with cefixime, there is evidence they work well together in the real world. See http://tinyurl.com/j45y24w If infected with Lyme in recent weeks then it is worth doing aggressive antibiotic treatment as it can be cured if you catch it soon enough. If you have had Lyme more than a few weeks then my experience is antibiotics seldom help. See comment: ...Read more

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Can MS and Lyme disease be the same thing?

No but: No, they are not the same, however, it is possible for neurological lyme to have similar symptoms as ms. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to doxycycline hyclate for Lyme disease?

Allergic reaction to doxycycline hyclate for Lyme disease?

Check with doctor: There are alternative antibiotics that you can take instead of doxycycline. Check with the doctor who prescribe it. ...Read more

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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling , joint pain, and cardiac ( heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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What is Lyme disease and where does Lyme come from?

What is Lyme disease and where does Lyme come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & probably sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8675158). Even more patients infected with ehrlichiosis (80%) have elevated liver enzymes and it can even rarely cause liver failure- see http://cid.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/34/9/1206.Long. ...Read more

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Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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Low cd57 and Lyme disease? Are these tests some method of detecting Lyme disease?

Contorversial: Cd57 testing is a controversial way of trying to determine if someone has lyme disease. It is not widely accepted as accurate and most clinicians do not test for it. ...Read more

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Heartburn from antibiotics and Lyme disease. Any remedies for this?

Eat after meds: I'm assuming that you're probably taking doxycycline, since it's the usual first choice antibiotic for lyme disease. Doxy capsules can irritate the esophagus if they get stuck on the way down. To prevent this, eat bread or another bland solid food (not milk or dairy) right after taking doxy to push the pills down. If you've already irritated your esophagus you may need to see your doc to get meds. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease always cause a fever?

Does Lyme disease always cause a fever?

NO: Early lyme disease often causes symptoms such as fever (usually mild), fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pains, swollen glands & a bulls-eye rash starting within 2 days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms may be brief & not everyone will have a fever. Once this early stage resolves, many other symptoms eventually develop, but fever is not a common symptom of chronic lyme disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Ketek (Definition)

It is an antibiotic related chemically to the "macrolids" or like erythromycin. It was commonly used for community aquired ...Read more