Lyme disease treatment

Lyme disease is an illness that is spread via a tick and can cause a host of symptoms in those who are suffering from it. Some of the symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash, chills, fever, body aches and swelling in the joints. Some patients will also feel weak and could suffer from a temporary paralysis.

Those who live in areas where the deer tick is prevalent are more prone to the disease. Using simple common sense preventative measures will help to ensure that you don’t contract the disease.

Patients who are treated in the early stages of the disease are most likely to recover completely from the disease, but some patients still feel the lingering effects long after the disease is contracted. The Lyme disease treatment that you will receive in the early stages is oral antibiotics. The doctor will most likely prescribe a fourteen or twenty one day course of the antibiotics to clear up the infection and stop any complications from occurring.

When the disease has progressed, the doctor will administer intravenous antibiotics for the Lyme disease treatment. This more aggressive treatment is likely to follow a fourteen to twenty eight day course and is very effective at clearing up the infection. There will be some side effects of using this course of treatment and the patient may take longer to recover from the symptoms of the Lyme disease as well.

Even though Lyme disease treatment is highly effective, it is still better to avoid the illness in the first place. Prevention is still the number one way to make sure that you don’t become seriously ill from Lyme disease. When you are in heavily wooded areas that are inhabited by deer ticks, it is recommended that you wear long sleeves and pants to avoid the bite of the tick.

Insect repellants can also be a very effective way to reduce the possibility of contracting Lyme disease. Check yourself completely for ticks after you have been in the woods as well as the rest of your family and your pets. Remove a tick with a pair of tweezers if you find one on your body. Once you have taken the tick out of your skin, clean the area with an antiseptic.

Be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease so that you can begin a Lyme disease treatment as soon as possible. The bite area where you have been bitten by the tick will develop a small red bump. The bump may be warm and tender to the touch. The redness in the bump will expand and you will notice a rash developing in the area. The bump and rash will begin to look like a bulls eye with a clear area surrounded by a red ring and another red spot in the middle.

Along with the rash, you may develop symptoms that resemble the flu including muscle and body aches as well as a fever and chills. It is important that you visit the doctor so that Lyme disease treatment can begin.

With the proper Lyme disease treatment most people experience no further problems from the disease, but there are cases of people who experience the symptoms for a longer period of time than others.

The stage that you notice Lyme disease will have a dramatic affect on the ability of the Lyme disease treatment to work so it is vital that you are aware of the problem as soon as possible.

If you live in one of the areas where Lyme disease is common, make sure that you keep an eye out for ticks on your children and pets. Remove all ticks when they are found and keep an eye on the site where you or your family member was bitten.

Last updated on Jul 30th, 2009 and filed under Neurological Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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