Lyme disease was discovered in 1975 after large numbers of children were diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Connecticut and two neighboring communities. Researchers discovered that deer ticks infected with Borrelia burgdoferi were the cause of this arthritis outbreak.
A red rash, and flu-like symptoms are usually the first indicators of Lyme disease. Lyme disease can also cause arthritis, heart problems and other medical issues.
Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. If people are not treated for Lyme disease, or inadequately treated they may develop arthritis that can last for months or even years.
Some doctors treat an active Lyme infection with many different antibiotics for months or years. Not all doctors agree with this approach. They question the benefit of this therapy and point to the possibility that drug-resistant strains of bacteria may develop as a result of the extensive use of antibiotics.
The Borrelia bacteria may sprea...
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 ...
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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