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What to do if i think I have Lyme disease what happens if you treat it immediately?

What to do if i think I have Lyme disease what happens if you treat it immediately?

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

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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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How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

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

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Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

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

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How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

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

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What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

Antibiotic: Treatment is based on the stage of disease and tve severity. If Lyme disease is confirmed ( do not rely on a blood test alone) the treatment is usually either doxycycline (oral antibiotic) or rocephin (ceftriaxone) ( given IM or IV). Even late Lyme disease is treatable. ...Read more

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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 more

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How do people treat advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consultation: Patients with advanced lyme's disease need to be evaluated by an infectious disease specialist. Their therapy may require intravenous medications but that requires further evaluations. ...Read more

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Are there supplements to treat the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Yes, many good ones: Lyme has many symptoms & many supps can help. For pain/inflammation i advise curcumin & boswellia. Ashwagandha, rhodiola, eleutherococcus, reishi & cordyceps help fatigue, support adrenals & improve cognitive function.A good multivitamin and extra magnesium are generally helpful. Chlorella helps clear toxins.Besides treating symptoms, supps can improve immune function & kill lyme bacteria. See comment. ...Read more

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If caught early can antibiotics successfully treat Lyme disease?

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 more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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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

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Is minocin (minocycline) used to treat Lyme disease?

Is minocin (minocycline) used to treat Lyme disease?

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

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If i've had Lyme disease for many years, can it still be treated even if there's been nerve damage?

See below: The disease (bacteria) can be treated but the secondary effects of the disease being present for so many years are likely permanent. See you physician to have lyme disease blood testing done to confirm or refute the presence of the disease. ...Read more

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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

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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