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LYME DISEASE
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium named Borrelia spread by ticks.

Background Information on Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

Traditional Treatment

People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. People with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.

Treatment regimens listed in the following table are for localized (early) Lyme disease. See references below (Hu 2016; Sanchez 2016) for treatment of patients with disseminated (late) Lyme disease. These regimens are guidelines only and may need to be adjusted depending on a person’s age, medical history, underlying health conditions, pregnancy status, or allergies.

People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. People with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.

Treatment regimens listed in the following table are for localized (early) Lyme disease. See references below (Hu 2016; Sanchez 2016) for treatment of patients with disseminated (late) Lyme disease. These regimens are guidelines only and may need to be adjusted depending on a person’s age, medical history, underlying health conditions, pregnancy status, or allergies.

Typical Symptoms of

Lyme Disease

Erythema migrans rash or EM rash

Often called a bulls-eye rash, well because it looks like a bulls-eye

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Fever

Chills

Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Headache

Headache

Headache

Heart Palpitations

Joint Pain

Facial Palsy

Joint Pain

Arthritis Symptoms

Headache

Irregular Heart Beat

Headache

Dizziness

Joint Pain

Nerve Pain

Joint Pain

Brain Inflammation

Shooting Pains

Shooting Pains

Headache

Spinal Inflammation

Alternate Remedies

Many people with Lyme disease use a wide range of treatments to help manage the symptoms and complications of their disease.

We believe in using alternative treatments to support the bodies healing process. We have had great success in supporting the body through a healing process with alternative methods.

Below are some of the remedies that have been suggested for use in helping alleviate the symptoms of Lyme disease. This listing is created as a reference. We may have not yet tried all the remedies yet.

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