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Lyme Disease Treatment

Lyme disease treatment is curable

lyme disease treatmentLyme disease is transmitted to human beings through infected ticks; human beings can catch the disease usually through bites of immature ticks (nymphs). The latter are very small (the size of a poppy seed), you can hardly see them and therefore people do not remove them in time. In most cases the tick must be on the exposed part of the body for 48 hours before the Lyme disease bacterium is transmitted. Adult ticks can also spread the disease but they are likely to be found and removed before the onset of the disease. There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from eating meat which was infected with Lyme disease or that the disease is transmitted by person to person.

 Treatment of Lyme disease & Chronic Lyme disease

The treatment of Lyme disease is done by applying antibiotics for a couple of weeks and is usually very efficient and show excellent recovery results. The antibiotics is taken orally. Chronic Lyme disease is when the antibiotic treatment isn’t successful and the person continues to experience symptoms of the disease. Chronic Lyme disease is also called ‘post treatment Lyme disease syndrome” (PTLDS) which can last for more than six months or even years, this phenomenon occurs to 15% of the patients who suffered from Lyme disease. Continuous antibiotic therapy has proved to be unhelpful. 

 Lyme disease symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Skin rash
  • Fatigue
  • Joint or muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

 Diagnosis of lyme disease

Lyme disease is diagnosed either by physical evidence such as rash or the potential exposure to infected ticks. There is a two -step blood test for human beings who are suspected of having Lyme disease. The first blood test (EIA) is conducted and if the result is negative than an alternative diagnosis will be performed. If the result is positive, than a second test will be conducted. If the person experiences the symptoms for thirty days or less, an IgM Western blot is carried out, but if a person experiences the symptoms for more than thirty days, an IgG Western Blot test is done.

 In order to prevent Lyme disease, an insect repellent should be applied or using pesticides in order to eliminate ticks. If Lyme disease is untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the nervous system. 

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