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Lyme disease treatment?

Lyme disease treatment?

Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Is Lyme disease contagious?

Is Lyme disease contagious?

Not human to human: Not transmitted human to human.

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If untreated is Lyme disease fatal?

If untreated is Lyme disease fatal?

Usually not but...: Lyme disease can be quite serious but is seldom fatal.However, given that it can be fatal & that untreated lyme disease can be disabling & cause severe suffering, it's wise to treat it.How to best treat it is controversial. Early lyme is easily cured with antibiotics but advanced lyme is much more challenging & benefits from a holistic approach.See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/about_lyme.Html. ...Read more

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Lyme disease life threatening?

Lyme disease life threatening?

Rarely: If properly diagnosed and treated, good results. If diagnosis of lyme is incorrect, there is damage from that inappropriate treatment and from not making the correct diagnosisl. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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What causes Lyme disease?

What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi: This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Somewhat: The most important is controlling you blood pressure and cholesterol level. It is also important to have physical exercise and keep mentally fit. Some studies indicate that drinking in moderation, eating fish and dark chocolate might decrease the risk. ...Read more

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What does Lyme disease attack?

What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause hypoglycemia?

Can Lyme disease cause hypoglycemia?

Yes: Lyme disease can cause just about any symptom and is associated with many other conditions including hypoglycemia. Lyme can contribute to other imbalances including candidiasis, magnesium deficiency ; adrenal fatigue which in turn can contribute to hypoglycemia. See http://lymebytes.Blogspot.Com/2010/07/low-blood-sugar-in-lyme-disease.Html. ...Read more

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Is devic's disease (nmo - neuromyelitis optica) a common disease?

Is devic's disease (nmo - neuromyelitis optica) a common disease?

No: Devic's disease is a rare demyelinating progressive disorder causing blindness and spinal cord problems. ...Read more

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What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

Many things.: Parkinson's Disease will present with physical symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness of the limbs causing a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression causing a mask-like face and the dementia may occur later while Alzheimer's dementia starts with gradual memory problems which begin to get worse in a few years and maybe accompanied with paranoid delusions. ...Read more

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Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Yes: Parkinson-like symptoms can be an initial manifestation of Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease usually occurs in younger people, however. If there is any confusion in diagnosis, Wilson's disease can usually be diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and/or an eye exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Parkinson's disease: No. Parkinson's disease (pd) cannot be prevented. It appears a genetic predisposition added to environmental exposure predisposes to the development pd. Repetitive head trauma may increase risk of pd. Caffeine and smoking may reduce the incidence of pd (not recommended for prevention). Exercise and active lifestyle may offer benefit in patients with the disease but not shown to prevent onset. ...Read more

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Is meniere's disease infectious?

Is meniere's disease infectious?

Meniere's disease: Meniere's disease in not caused by an infection, nor is it contagious. The specific cause of meniere's is not known, although there is commonality of finding of inner ear fluid build-up in patients suffering from meniere's. ...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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Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Chiggers in North: America are not disease vectors to humans. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease attack?

How does Lyme disease attack?

See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more