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Zithromax Lyme Disease
Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin) is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more
Different stages: You can have the rash called erythema chronicum migrans after the tick bite. This is the intiial acute infection and characteristic rash If it is not detected then it can incubate in your body and cause later sequela such as arthritis adn other systems can be invovled. There are blood tests that can be done to help clarify the diagnosis. Your physician can test for Borrelia Burgdoreri. ...Read more
Pain, fatigue and...: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, but classically starts with rash & mild flu-like symptoms, then joint pains (often 1st in knees) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory/concentration/word finding & blurred vision. Neurological sxs can mimic MS & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs. ...Read more
A few choices.: You should start with your primary care doctor. They would be best to diagnose it if you haven't had it diagnosed yet, because if it's not lyme disease they will also help you determine what it is that's ailing you. If you've already been diagnosed then you can be treated by your primary doctor or an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on the chances of getting bitten by a deer tick, which in turn depends on where you live, whether you're spending much time outdoors in places with ticks, and what you're doing and wearing while you're there. ...Read more
An infection: Lyme disease is a rickettsial infection caused by a tick bite that spreads the Lyme organism into the human host. It's most common features include skin joint and nerve involvement. Cardigan involvement with irregular rhythm can also occur. This could potentially be life threatening ...Read more
Lyme disease: In early stage, there is wide-spread itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle pain, feeling weak, neck stiffness. Later, there is weakness in muscles of face, pain & swelling in joints, heart symptoms. Later in advanced stage there is weakness, numbness, speech problems, & abnormal muscle movements. ...Read more
Bulls eye rash: One of the earliest signs that lyme disease has been contracted is a rash that has clearing in the center, or appears as a ring. In this case getting treatment quickly should result in a shorter course of treatment. Symptoms of chronic lyme are: fatigue, insomnia, headaches, confusion or brain fog, joint pain & stiffness, tingling & numbness, weakness and many more symptoms that tend to come & go. ...Read more
Lymes Disease: There is the classic bulls eye or target lesion rash that is the earliest sign but is often missed. Otherwise there are other laboratory evaluations that can be done to determine if an acute lyme infection is active. ...Read more
Many effects: Lyme disease is often called the great imitator, as it can imitate most any disease. Borrelia bacteria can infect the nervous system and thus cause anxiety, depression and even psychosis.Even if it does not infect the brain, the fatigue & pain of lyme can cause great emotional distress & many lyme patients feel isolated & unsupported. See www.Lymeinfo.Net/neuropsych.Html for much more information. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Deer ticks & maybe..: The most common carriers of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme disease, are deer ticks (ixodes scapularis) and their cousin ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick). There is evidence lone star ticks may transmit it. Other ixodes species may carry it too, as may dog ticks and rocky mountain wood ticks. See http://www.Canlyme.Com/ticks.Html for more info on this. ...Read more
Bite can lead to LD: Tick bites may transmit a variety of illnesses if the tick has been infected with a germ that uses the tick as a carrier.Rocky mountain spotted fever, tick bite fever & lime disease are some of the diseases that can be passed by ticks. Not all ticks carry diseases and not all bites will pass the germ. ...Read more
Infectious disease: Lyme disease understanding has become more widespread among the medical community and so family doctors, internists and emergency room doctors have experience with this. The top of the line would be an infectious disease specialist although these mostly see patients on referral from other doctors. ...Read more
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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