Catch and Manage Lyme Disease Immediately
Despite controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease among various health organizations, nearly all healthcare professionals maintain that Lyme disease should be dealt with immediately. The sooner steps are taken to treat Lyme disease, the better the outcome and the lower the risk of complications.
How Does Early Treatment Work?
Once it has been established that a patient needs to be treated for Lyme disease, treatment typically ensues right away. That treatment most often consists of antibiotics. Which antibiotics are used is dependent on several factors. Age, medical history, current symptoms, and any antibiotic allergies will be taken into account.
The length of the course of antibiotics to be used may vary depending on physician preference, when the infection occurred, and the symptoms that are present. Doctors may prescribe them anywhere from 10 to 21 days, and the number of times per day they’re taken will depend upon the type of antibiotic prescribed.
Doxycycline is one antibiotic that’s frequently used for the treatment of early stage Lyme disease. However, it’s not appropriate for use in pregnant women or young children under eight years of age. Other antibiotics that may be used are amoxicillin, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, cefuroxime, erythromycin, penicillin, or tetracycline. Oral antibiotics are most often used, but intravenous antibiotics are called for in some circumstances.
Some doctors believe that Lyme disease in pregnant women should be taken very seriously. This is due to the potential of the disease to cross through the placenta and transmit to the fetus. In women who are with child, IV antibiotics may be prescribed in an effort to make sure the infection is eradicated.
Despite early treatment, Lyme symptoms are sometimes pervasive. It’s important to follow up with your healthcare provider after being treated for Lyme to monitor for potential complications.
Most antibiotic side effects are fairly mild. However, if you experience side effects that are really bothering you, contact your healthcare provider. Under any circumstances, you should contact your doctor if you develop hives, feel even sicker more than 24 hours after your first dose of antibiotics, or if you experience severe diarrhea. If your tongue, throat, face, or lips swell or you are having trouble breathing, contact emergency services right away as these side effects are indicative of an anaphylactic reaction.