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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Lyme Disease
Treatment for Potential Lyme Disease [posted 10/28/98]
Answer: Immediate antibiotics.
Suggestions for Lyme Disease Infection [posted 10/23/98]
Answer: Get her treated as soon as possible. The floxin class of drugs may be an alternative. Also, it depends on the type of "allergy", that is whether it was intolerance or a true allergy. See an Internist or an ID specialist immediately.
Lyme Disease & Trimox Treatment [posted 10/21/98]
Answer: Trimox is amoxicillin and wouldn't have any specific problems with lyme.
Lyme Disease [posted 10/1/98]
Answer: Sounds like classic lyme-to the doctor immediately. Delay in treatment can result in chronic symptoms from the lyme infection(if present).
Answer: Usually, a "target lesion", that is, an expanding circle where the edge is red or inflamed and the center fairly clear. Fever, chills, sore throat and "flu like" symptoms (headache, stiff neck, nonproductive cough) are more common that the "classic" finding. There is an incubation period ranging form 3-30 days. Cardiac and neurologic findings occur later in the disease in affected patients (15% or so) and muscle pain is common in this stage. A very late finding is the arthritis which occurs months later.
Answer: Most physicians would treat this scenario and wait for the titers later. By the time the titers return it may be too late to effectively treat the sequelae of Lyme disease. You need antibiotics today!
Answer: One of the difficulties of patients with Lyme Disease is knowing whether they are having a flare of the Lyme Disease or some other medical problems. Testing for Lyme Disease does not necessarily mean that a person will develop the side effects. I would ensure that these symptoms really represent a flare of the Lyme Disease and not a manifestation of another problem.