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Doctor insights on: Lyme Disease Treatment For Humans

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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.

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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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What's the treatment for Lyme disease?

What's the treatment for Lyme disease?

Antibioitics and...: For early lyme disease antibiotics usually result in a total cure. For longstanding lyme disease antibiotics are the standard recommendation but are not always effective. Many with chronic lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella & it is essential to treat those as well. Often herbs, nutrients, homeopathy & other natural therapies are essential to successfully treat chronic lyme disease.

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Is there a treatment for Lyme disease?

Is there a treatment for Lyme disease?

Yes: Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. The choice of antibiotics depends on the stage of disease.

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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.

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What is the treatment for Lyme disease (advanced)?

What is the treatment for Lyme disease (advanced)?

Depends: Chronic lyme needs to be treated by at least two antibiotics. Other supportive treatments such as herbals, vitamins, and supplements are also useful.

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What is the main treatment for cronic Lyme disease?

What is the main treatment for cronic Lyme disease?

Specific antibiotic: First, assure the diagnosis. Then specific antibiotic, dependent on allergy history.

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What's the best treatment for someone who has late stage Lyme disease? Will I ever feel better again?

What's the best treatment for someone who has late stage Lyme disease? Will I ever feel better again?

Treatment.: You definitely will be ok again.! The best treatment for complication and late stage Lyme disease is IV antibiotics. It's usually started with central pick line in hospital and takes 2-3 weeks. Good luck.

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I've had Lyme disease for 15 yrs. Never been treated. I am35 waiting on my treatment wht should I expect physically?

I've had Lyme disease for 15 yrs. Never been treated. I am35 waiting on my treatment wht should I expect physically?

Symptoms?: If you are blood test positive (western blot as a confirmatory test) and have no symptoms, it is not clear if you need treatment at all.

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What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time

Lyme dz: These may not be Lyme symptoms. Check with doc. Alternatively, Lyme produces immune responses that linger, become chronic. Joints and other tissues can be affected. Requires careful interpretation by doc who sees you frequently.

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What is your views on diagnosis/ treatment for late stage (untreated) Lyme disease? Have had symptoms 5yrs and now getting Diagnosis. Thoughts on it?

Make: sure diagnosis is correct as many confuse results in Western Blot. Chronic symptoms could include non-infectious arthritis that could be treated similarly to RA.

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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.

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What is a reasonable treatment time frame late diagnosed, acute Lyme disease?

Hard to say: It really depends on whether you have any coinfections, and your general physical health (metal toxicity, poor detox capacity and food allergies, adrenal fatigue and low thyroid can all make treatment more difficult) expect treatment to the point of being symptome free to take many weeks at least, many months at worst.

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Daughter just diagnosed with Lyme disease 5 years after bite. Has had numerous symptoms. Wondering what treatment should be.?

Physician eval: Likely would require course of antibiotics but best have an evaluation by a physician with experience in cases like this.

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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.

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Thoughts on safety and efficacy of major autohemotherapy for chronic lyme disease. This treatment has been recommended along with silver iv.

Thoughts on safety and efficacy of major autohemotherapy for chronic lyme disease. This treatment has been recommended along with silver iv.

Very promising but..: Major autohemotherapy using ozone is a cutting-edge treatment which is more widely used in Europe but a growing # of innovative docs in the US are offering it. I'm not aware of research on it for Lyme but there are studies showing it to be safe and effective for macular degeneration, Hep C, eczema and other conditions and many case reports of success in chronic Lyme. See http://tinyurl. Com/z5jrlnq

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How effective is hyperbaric oxygen treatment in curing Lyme disease?

How effective is hyperbaric oxygen treatment in curing Lyme disease?

My response is: Is in between that of dr. Bolhack and dr. Baker. Lyme disease is not an approved indication for hbot. While the study that dr. Baker referred to sounded promising, I don't believe any conclusive statement can be made.

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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.

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