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Lyme disease - early disseminated

  • Alternative Names

    Lyme disease - secondary or stage 2; Stage 2 Lyme disease, Bannwarth syndrome


    The objective of treatment is to get rid of the infection with antibiotics. The medicines are given for up to 28 days. A second round of antibiotics may be needed. The most commonly used antibiotics are doxycycline, amoxicillin, cefuroxime, and ceftriaxone.

    Antibiotics given through a vein (intravenous) are needed for patients who develop serious nervous system-related complications or arthritis that does not get better with medicines taken by mouth.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Symptoms of arthritis may not respond to treatment. Other symptoms should improve with treatment.

    Rarely, a person will continue to have symptoms that can sometimes interfere with daily activities. Some people call this post-Lyme disease syndrome. There is no effective treatment for this syndrome.


    Complications include chronic persistent Lyme disease.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of this disorder.