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What Happens If You Don T Treat Lyme Disease
You are cured!: Lyme disease can be extremely serious but is readily curable provided it is treated within days of contracting it. The longer you wait the harder it is to eradicate. Lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 30 days, more than most docs prescribe. It's important to consider common co-infections like babesia & bartonella as well. See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/about_lyme.Html. ...Read more
Lyme disease: Lyme disease can be detected by blood by testing the igm level. However lyme disease can turn into complicated chronic problem affecting many systems of the body. It can be treated with antibiotics. Treatments varies depend on when it was discovered and how it had spread. Consult your doctor if you have concern for contacting the disease. Early treatment and proper prevention is important. ...Read more
Yes-if Rx incomplete: Lyme disease may return if the treatment was insufficient. In the early phase, within weeks to a few months of a first tick bite, then a course of oral antibiotics should cure the problem. If the lyme disease is first diagnosed with systemic problems such as arthritis or neuropathy, then treament takes much longer, and incomplete treatment can be followed by a recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more
Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more
I previously had Lyme disease and I still have some symptoms after being treated. What can I do now?
Maybe continue treat: There is controversy on the issue of when to stop treatment. The international lyme and associated diseases society (ilads) has published treatment guidelines that recommend continued treatment until the patient is symptom free. This is something worth discussing with your doctor. Sometimes there is residual symptoms that are permanent, but usually all symptoms clear when infection is gone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has Lyme disease and and hasn't been treated. He's known it for a year. He probably has hep c too.What can this do to him?
Significant harm: These are 2 separate issues and are caused by 2 different infectious agents. Each should be evaluated. If lyme disease is not treated, there is an increased risk of cardiac, neurologic and arthritic complications that can occur months to even years after the infection. Severe hep c can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more
YES: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Is there anything else i could be doing to treat my late Lyme disease other than just taking the antibiotics? No noticeable improvement after 2 weeks
May take longer: Late lyme, disseminated throughout the body and often in cns, takes longer treatment to resolve. Several months. Also many docs will use more than one antibiotic, to get the different forms of the lyme bacteria, like the spirochete, the cell wall deficient form and the cyst form. Supplements that improve immune system function also speed up recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic Lyme disease have been treated for 4 years finally starting to feel better and now only on abx every two weeks why are so many doctors ?
In California?: Where did you get lyme? Not much in the west. I am glad you are better but many id physicians do not believe that there is a chronic lyme borelliosis. ...Read more
Yes: Doxycycline is the most commonly used drug for acute lyme disease but Minocycline (minocin), its close cousin, is also very effective. If someone has been recently bitten by a tick a good course of either will generally result in cure. If lyme has been present for weeks or months treatment becomes more challenging & complex. See www.Lymediseaseresource.Com/burrguide2008.Pdf for details. ...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 have been exposed to Lyme disease and treated (first stage) is it possible for me to get a natural immunity that can be measured by a lab?
Yes: Even if treated you may still develop antibodies detectable by a blood test. However, sometimes treatment blunts that response and the test is negative. ...Read more
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
When you have NEUROLOGICAL Lyme Disease...and you have RAGE as a Herxheimer reaction....HOW DO YOU TREAT THE RAGE?
Rage unusual but...: I don't know if any of my many Lyme patients have had rage as a herx reaction. When someone with Lyme has rage it is likely they also have Bartonella, which often causes rage. If related to herxing treat like any herx reaction: http://bit.ly/1jc2BTn Also consider herbs that are calming such as Baikal Skullcap. See http://betterhealthguy.com/images/stories/PDF/BUHNER%20CONF%20NOTES.pdf for more. ...Read more
Is a doctor able treat you for Lyme disease if the testing is negative but there are symptoms of Lyme and a tick bite 20 years ago?
Lyme disease: If testing is truly negative then no reason to treat. ...Read more
I'm going to have a PICC line soon to treat Lyme disease. I've recently begun feeling well enough to resume taking ballet classes. Will it be safe to continue the ballet arm movements?
Allergic reactions: Can be very serious side effects if there is: difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, swelling of tongue, diarrhea with or without bloody stools, severe headaches, severe skin reactions like urticaria, blistered or pealing skin. Common and relatively mild se are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite mild temporary skin rash with or without itching, sensitivity to sunlight. But, overall quite safe. ...Read more
I was diagnosis and treated for Lyme disease mnt ago now my legs feel heavy and hurt as does my knee and im experiencing dropfoot what could this be?
Can someone who had chronic Lyme disease and has been treated for it & still has neurological symptoms, bladder dysfunction & pain possibly have ms?
Multiple sclerosis: Yes. A person with treated lyme disease can develop multiple sclerosis. Having lyme disease does not protect your from having ms nor it increases the risk of having it either. Bladder dysfunction and pain are seen in many conditions and are not specific of multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis of ms may require certain period of observation or perhaps a lumbar puncture. Check with a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are rheumatologists familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and its co-infections? If not, who treats these tick-borne infections?
Infectious Diseases: Certainly a rheumatologist can treat lyme, but in complex situations, not only can a board certified infectious disease specialist an treat lyme, they can order appropriate tests to diagnose and then treat co-infections such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and erlichiosis. In addition, they may be able to determine if the illness you is due to something other than a tick-borne illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had Lyme disease in 2011 and it was treated with antibiotics Could Lyme symptoms persist years later? I still feel fatigued with muscle aches.
Yes it can: Because the organism causing Lyme is a spirochete, it does not really respond completely to antibiotics and some may have survived. Get several blood tests to,check,for,Luke titters. Make an appt with infectious disease doctor today to check this out and get your immune system checked as well. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has elevated liver enzymes and an enlarged spleen. He was bitten by a tick about 4 yrs ago and was treated for Lyme disease with a zpack.?
Needs evaluation: Not all tick bites cause lyme, but if he got lyme a z-pak is not adequate treatment so he likely has chronic lyme. Ticks can also transmit babesia, bartonella, rickettsia & other serious infections. These might be causing his problems & his problems might be unrelated to the bite. He needs a thorough medical evaluation including a doc knowledgeable about lyme & co-infections. See www.Ilads.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 2 more doctor answers
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Lyme disease: Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses. The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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