LYME DISEASE TREATMENT
The symptoms of Lyme Disease can often be found along with the conditions of other types of diseases carried for by different vectors. Even more, that ticks who carry the bacteria associated with Lyme Disease can also transmit other diseases alongside with it.
If you’re looking in to someone who doesn’t have the characteristics of a Lyme Disease skin reactions and rash, you may look into that person’s medical and family history and even recent activities or past hobbies that could have lead to an exposure to the bacteria that brought about the Lyme Disease to the body of the patient. You may also conduct a physical exam on the person you ought to be infested with Lyme Disease.
Laboratory exams may also help the doctors determine the type of bacteria present in a patient in order to properly address a diagnosis. Although, more often than not, these tests can only be effective enough after a few weeks that the infection has been present in the body. Some of the tests that can be conducted are the following:
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or ELISA test. This test is can be used to detect various type of diseases but commonly, it is what’s being used when trying to detect a Lyme Disease infection. This laboratory exam aims to determine antibodies from B. burgdorferi. Even though sometimes the results may pose as false-positive results for people who may actually be suffering of Lyme Disease, which is why this test is not done alone when trying to determine a diagnosis for a patient.
Western blot test. Regardless of whether or no the ELISA test was positive, this exam is done to clarify the type of diagnosis to rule out on a patient. This type of laboratory test is able to detect the antibodies to the other proteins of B burgdorferi.
There are various types of antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease. And most of the time, the earlier these antibiotics are taken by the patient, the faster speed of recovery there can be.
Oral Antibiotics are one way to deal with Lyme Disease. These is the standard type of treatment for early stages of Lyme Disease. This medicine includes a fair amount of doxycycline for children of 8 years up to adults, amoxicillin or cefuroxime for adults, children and even pregnant or women who are breast-feeding infants. The antibiotics are usually taken for a span of two to three weeks.
Intravenous Antibiotics are also another way to deal with Lyme Disease. This is what Doctors resort to recommending their patients once the bacteria has already reached the central nervous system. The treatment using this medicine is about two to four weeks. Intravenous medicine aims to get rid of the infection itself.
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