Treatment Antibiotics are the drugs used for treating all phases of Lyme disease. In nearly all cases they can cure Lyme, even in later stages. Preventive Antibiotics after a Tick Bite According to guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), people bitten by deer ticks should not routinely receive antibiotics to prevent the disease. A single dose of the antibiotic doxycycline may be given in situations that meet all of the following conditions: The tick is still attached to the patient and is positively identified as an adult or nymphal I. scapularis (the tick that carries the Lyme disease B. burgdorferi spirochete). Doxycycline treatment can be started within 72 hours of the tick bite. There is proof that at least 20% of ticks in that geographic area are infected with B. burgdorferi . It is safe for the patient to receive doxycycline (this drug should not be given to pregnant women or children younger than 8 years of age). In general, the risk of developing Lyme disease ...
It’s summertime and that means it is tick season. While tick bites are usually harmless, they can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease. In the United States, Lyme disease is most often found in the East Coast, North Central states and in Northern California. Deer ticks and black legged ticks can carry Lyme disease. These ticks are normally found in woody or grassy areas, however, they can be found in cities as well.
If you have a tick bite and are in an area where Lyme disease is common, you should talk with your doctor. Early antibiotic treatment can often prevent further problems from developing. The initial signs of Lyme disease are a bulls-eye rash around the site of the bite and flu-like symptoms which usually occur about a month after the bite. Symptoms sometimes go away but health problems can still develop later.
Preventing Tick Bites
Ticks are most commonly found in wooded, grassy or bushy areas. When walking in these types of areas wear long-sleeve...
Unique proteins discovered in spinal fluid can distinguish neurologic post-treatment Lyme disease (nPTLS) and myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) from one another and also from people in normal health, according to a study published last week in the journal PloS ONE . There are many similarities between nPTLS (sometimes called chronic Lyme disease) and ME/CFS besides the fact that they both have rather long names.
The two illnesses have strikingly similar symptoms, which include muscle and joint pain, severe fatigue and cognitive functioning problems like difficulty with memory and concentration.
Both conditions can be very difficult to diagnose. Many patients have suffered for years and are often misdiagnosed before finally getting an accurate diagnosis.
It is not unusual for nPTLS and ME/CFS patients to also be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Both conditions have a long history of controversy, with much disagreeme...
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