Lyme disease: All about It
Lyme disease, a bacterial infection by the bite of a deer tick, may cause a number of flu-like symptoms-achy joints, fatigue, fever and headache. But chronic Lyme disease is really a different beast. Specialists cannot agree with a case definition-or if the condition exists at all. What is clear is that some Lyme patients, even after taking the standard treatment of antibiotics, continue to endure long-term and frequently serious health problems, such as poor mental function, migratory joint pain, and sleep disruptions. If the condition is central nervous system response triggered by the now-eradicated infection (sometimes called post-Lyme disease syndrome), or a chronic case of the disease straight due to an ongoing infection depends upon whom you ask-as does the therapy.
Signs and symptoms include:
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:
Make an effort to stay out of woodlands and brush locations where the tick thrives, specifically throughout the peak season of summer and early fall.
Wear garments that will create obstacles to the tick attaching to the skin and biting.
Tuck your pant legs into your socks so ticks can't simply crawl the short distance from the ground to just above the sock line, and wear light-colored outfit to better determine ticks.
How's Lyme disease treated?
For early Lyme disease, a short course of oral antibiotics for example doxycycline or amoxicillin is curative in the most of the cases. In additional complicated cases, Lyme disease usually can be successfully treated with Three or four weeks of antibiotic therapy.
In patients who've non-specific signs and symptoms after being treated for Lyme disease, and no proof of active infection (patients with PLDS), research indicates that more antibiotic treatment therapy is not helpful and may be dangerous.