I've had Lyme disease. Can I get it again?

Yes. Depends on your immune system's response. If the tick bite you again, possibility you will get it again.
Yes. Unfortunately yes. Our immune systems are very challenged by lyme disease, so a past history of lyme in no way lessens your risk of getting it again. If someone is currently ill with lyme disease they & are bitten by a tick carrying a different stain of borrelia burgdoferi (the causative bacteria of lyme) they can even become newly infected with that second strain while still ill with the first!

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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic. Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the ld germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). Read more...
Tick, fly bites &... Most lyme is from bites of the deer tick but half of those with lyme don't recall a tick bite; undoubtedly many were bitten & did not know it. It has also been shown to be caused by fly bites- see http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 some feel lyme may be spread by mosquitoes, spiders, sexually & mother to baby but these are unproven; i feel mother to baby is likely in some. Read more...

Should I get tested for Lyme disease if I am outdoors a lot this summer?

Not unless... You have a tick bite that devolpes a bullseye ring, and/or you become ill after a tick bite. We do not routinely test. Read more...

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...

Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

Unlikely. If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications. Read more...
Possibly, it depends. If one has acute lyme disease (having been infected in recent days) i strongly advise antibiotics, which are usually curative when dosed appropriately. Antibiotics are often less successful for chronic lyme & I have successfully treated many patients with herbs, nutritional supplements & homeopathy. People also report success from other alternatives such as rife-type machines. Please see comments. Read more...

What do you suggest if my step son got Lyme disease over the summer he took anti;bodiatics and now hes starting to get sick again, wh?

? same symptoms. If the rash is still present, he's continued with fever or his lab values are still elevated, then he may not have absorbed his antibiotics well. Any chance he didn't take them all? It's also possible it is a totally different illness altogether that he has contracted now. Your doctor can help you sort out possibilities with a good exam, more history and probably more lab work. Read more...
LYME DISEASE. You have to see MD for more RX due to stage 1 to 3 of Lyme Disease which last few weeks to months. Read more...