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Treatment Options for Lyme Disease

Treatment Options for Lyme Disease

Treatment for Lyme disease typically happens with oral drugs. Those who are infected with the disease, and catch the symptoms early, will experience a full and quick recovery. If patients infected with Lyme disease suffer cardiac or neurological issues, they might require intravenous medications to help them recover from the disease. One such intravenous drug used is penicillin. Oral drugs include amoxicillin, doxycycline and cefuroxime axetil.

Treatment for Early Lyme Disease

For those patients who are labeled as early Lyme disease, doctors might prescribe a treatment method that lasts longer and is more aggressive. ‘High risk’ tick bites might be treated based on if the tick came from an endemic area, if the tick was imbedded for a prolonged time and if the tick was not removed properly from the body. A rash caused by Lyme disease might be treated longer than the recommended time in an effort to ensure that it does not progress. Doctors likely will not withhold treatment simply to wait for test results.

Treatment for Late or Chronic Lyme Disease

The sooner you recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, the better off you will be when it comes time to treat the issue. Catching the disease in its infancy can lead to a better chance of complete recovery. There is a chance that a small number of patients can still experience symptoms well after short-term antibiotics are complete. For patients with chronic Lyme disease, the quality of life is comparable to those with congestive heart failure.

Chronic Lyme disease is more commonly known as Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). The lingering symptoms typically include pain, fatigue, joint and muscle aches and more. These symptoms can last for more than six months in some cases. There is no known direct cause of PTLDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many medical professionals believe this is caused by lingering or residual damage to tissues and the immune system.

Patients who believe they are suffering from PTLDS should consult with their physician about how they can relieve their pain and have a better quality of life. Some tips for managing PTLDS include the following:

  • Ensure that Lyme disease is not the only issue affecting your health
  • Educate yourself on Lyme disease and correct information surrounding the disease
  • Track any and all symptoms. Track sleep patterns, diet and other symptoms. Try to exercise and change your diet patterns to see if these affect your health
  • Get plenty of rest and keep a healthy diet as much as possible
  • Speak with a counselor to discuss your symptoms, health and other issues

Lyme disease is like any other medical problem. It can affect your entire life. Even though these symptoms might not be treatable by a medical professional, they are real and should not be suppressed.

Contact the experienced and friendly staff at Tick Killz in Denville, New Jersey today to discuss tick treatment for your home or business.