The Importance Of Understanding How To Treat Lyme Disease Early

Publié par hamza lion jeudi 7 mai 2015

By Toni Vang


Deer ticks are tiny parasites that live on deer and other woodland creatures in the forests of North America and Europe and can carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria which causes Lyme disease. People who spend time hiking, camping or such run an increased risk of coming into contact with these parasites, which is why they should do all they can to become aware of prevention strategies and how to treat Lyme disease.

Symptoms may vary from one person to another and may take up to one month from the time of the tick bite to appear. Joint pain, chills, fever, achy muscles, headache, and fatigue are common, as is a characteristic bull's-eye pattern around the site of the tick bite. A body rash may also develop. More serious but rare complications include heartbeat irregularities, Bell's palsy, weakness or impaired movement of the limbs, eye or liver inflammation, and meningitis. In pregnant women, it can cause miscarriage.

Not every tick bite will result in the development of this illness, however if someone believes they have been bitten, it's a good idea to visit the doctor right away for evaluation. Undetected, this disease can lead to long-term nervous system damage and arthritis. Early treatment is the key to a successful recovery.

Because the symptoms seen with this sickness could also be caused by any one of several other disorders, they alone are not used for diagnosis. In the absence of the hallmark rash, the physician will likely ask the patient a number of questions, and request diagnostic lab tests to evaluate the blood for antibodies against this bacteria. The ELISA-enzyme-linked immunosorbet assay, and Western blot tests are typically implemented.

If Lyme disease is positively identified, antibiotic therapy will be administered to the patient. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis for overcoming the illness. Usually amoxicillin or doxycycline will be prescribed, to be taken orally for two weeks to four weeks. Antibiotics taken for longer than this could actually do more harm than good.

If a patient is exhibiting signs of cardiac or nervous system involvement, IV antibiotics may be administered for as much as two weeks. Nursing mothers or children under the age of 9, will be prescribed penicillin or amoxicillin instead of doxycycline, which is known to stain developing teeth. Patients who have an allergy to penicillin-based drugs, will be given erythromycin.

The best option is to prevent Lyme disease in the first place by taking some precautions before heading outdoors into wooded or grassy areas. Clothing should be snug-fitting, light in color, and pants should be tucked into boots or socks, and shirts tucked into pants. Staying on clearly marked paths, and applying the tick repellent Permethrin or a DEET-based repellent onto one's clothes can also help deter ticks. Upon leaving, inspect oneself and any others for ticks, careful removal can also eliminate the incidence of infection.

Most patients can look forward to a complete recovery provided they receive early treatment. Antibodies can remain the bloodstream for as long as several years, but this does not mean that another infection cannot occur. Taking care to prevent exposure to the illness is always the best approach to take when going into the wilderness.




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jeudi 7 mai 2015

The Importance Of Understanding How To Treat Lyme Disease Early

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By Toni Vang


Deer ticks are tiny parasites that live on deer and other woodland creatures in the forests of North America and Europe and can carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria which causes Lyme disease. People who spend time hiking, camping or such run an increased risk of coming into contact with these parasites, which is why they should do all they can to become aware of prevention strategies and how to treat Lyme disease.

Symptoms may vary from one person to another and may take up to one month from the time of the tick bite to appear. Joint pain, chills, fever, achy muscles, headache, and fatigue are common, as is a characteristic bull's-eye pattern around the site of the tick bite. A body rash may also develop. More serious but rare complications include heartbeat irregularities, Bell's palsy, weakness or impaired movement of the limbs, eye or liver inflammation, and meningitis. In pregnant women, it can cause miscarriage.

Not every tick bite will result in the development of this illness, however if someone believes they have been bitten, it's a good idea to visit the doctor right away for evaluation. Undetected, this disease can lead to long-term nervous system damage and arthritis. Early treatment is the key to a successful recovery.

Because the symptoms seen with this sickness could also be caused by any one of several other disorders, they alone are not used for diagnosis. In the absence of the hallmark rash, the physician will likely ask the patient a number of questions, and request diagnostic lab tests to evaluate the blood for antibodies against this bacteria. The ELISA-enzyme-linked immunosorbet assay, and Western blot tests are typically implemented.

If Lyme disease is positively identified, antibiotic therapy will be administered to the patient. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis for overcoming the illness. Usually amoxicillin or doxycycline will be prescribed, to be taken orally for two weeks to four weeks. Antibiotics taken for longer than this could actually do more harm than good.

If a patient is exhibiting signs of cardiac or nervous system involvement, IV antibiotics may be administered for as much as two weeks. Nursing mothers or children under the age of 9, will be prescribed penicillin or amoxicillin instead of doxycycline, which is known to stain developing teeth. Patients who have an allergy to penicillin-based drugs, will be given erythromycin.

The best option is to prevent Lyme disease in the first place by taking some precautions before heading outdoors into wooded or grassy areas. Clothing should be snug-fitting, light in color, and pants should be tucked into boots or socks, and shirts tucked into pants. Staying on clearly marked paths, and applying the tick repellent Permethrin or a DEET-based repellent onto one's clothes can also help deter ticks. Upon leaving, inspect oneself and any others for ticks, careful removal can also eliminate the incidence of infection.

Most patients can look forward to a complete recovery provided they receive early treatment. Antibodies can remain the bloodstream for as long as several years, but this does not mean that another infection cannot occur. Taking care to prevent exposure to the illness is always the best approach to take when going into the wilderness.




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