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Which one?: A spirochete is a family (phylum) of bacteria. There are many classes (genus) in this category, with several species in each class. Many of them cause diseases in humans, inc. Lyme disease and syphilis. Please ask your question again, and specify which particular spirochete that is concerning you. ...Read more
Thru blood: Syphilis has one or more phases where it travels in the blood to get to any location that your blood goes, including your brain. It generally starts its journey by entering the skin of your genitals where it drills into your genital skin & may leave an initial painless dug out sore. As it reproduces & spreads locally it will eventually take that vast highway of your blood vessels to go anywhere. ...Read more
Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests? If not, why?
Is the Lyme spirochete (borrelia) the only infectious cause of raynaud's? If not, what are some other infections that cause this?
Not likely: Raynaud's is either primary or secondary.Primary raynaud's means there is no known reason for it (idiopathic)and that it is not part of a more severe autoimmune disease such as lupus or scleroderma.Likely there's a genetic link since this can run in families. Secondary raynaud's is a more severe form that is part of an autoimmune disease.It's not well documented that any infections cause raynaud's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rat-bite Fever or syphilis!: Two different bacteria! Spirillum is a bacteria that usually lives in fresh water and can cause "rat bite fever." See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirillum Spirochetes are another form of gram negative bacteria, but have a double cell membrane and include the bacteria that causes syphilis. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirochaete ...Read more
I am trying to understand what type of doctor to bring my wife to because she thinks she has spirochetes coming out of her.?
Morgellan's: This is a brain problem in which people see little thread-like wiggly worm things coming out of their skin. It's impossible to argue with them and just getting them to a physician is difficult. I trust you do not see them spirochetes. Read up on delusional parasitosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wb-band 41 positive, dfm showed spirochetes and gemmas.Syphilis-negative.Can it be Lyme with only band 41 positive?Got inactive demyelination lessions
Possibly- more tests: A 41 band alone could signify lyme but is not enough to make the diagnosis. Unfortunately most labs don't do an adequate WB test- it's crucial to test the highly specific 31 & 34 bands & most labs don't. Ignenex does the best test. See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/about_lyme.Html consider the controversial culture from advanced laboratory services: http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/778482. ...Read more
Wb indicating protein 41 active.I read its a lot of controversy about p41.Dfm showed spirochetes and gemmas.Syphilis test negative.Is it lyme?
Be skeptical: Lyme disease is not transmitted sexually, but through bites from infected ticks. Diagnosis using western blot is complicated and requires review of the entire blot and assessment of your other symptoms and risks. Dfm reliability is dependent on the person doing it, and may be manipulated in an attempt to sell you unproven or even dangerous treatments for lyme disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a cystoscopy with bladder stretching and tissue biopsy include testing for candida fungi and Lyme spirochetes in bladder? I have both conditions
Discuss with doctor: The individual performing endoscopy is the person to discuss the nature of the testing they plan to perform. I am not aware of anybody who examines for the presence of spirochaetes in the bladder, although if you insist upon this there are specialty labs which may perform this. It is not by any means a standard test, nor is it likely to be of any benefit in the management of your condition. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer