The best time to treat the Lyme disease as at its early stage when early treatment is easy and takes 14-21 day course of oral antibiotics to get rid of all traces of infection. Also, the medications used to eliminate this disease include cefuroxime and amoxicillin for lactating mothers, younger children and adults. Doxycycline is used for children of eight years and above, and adults.
Intravenous antibiotics are used for treating chronic Lyme disease for 14 to 21 days. Also, the symptoms linger for a while even after the infection is eliminated. Nobody has a valid answer yet why the symptoms like muscle ache continue even after the bacteria have been eradicated. Some doctors believe that persistent symptoms happen in people who are susceptible to autoimmune disease.
Prevention of Lyme disease
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to eliminate the factors that encourage the disease in the first place. If you can stop tick bites from your environment, you can stop the disease from accessing your environment. The only way to prevent tick bite is to eliminate ticks from your home and garden.
Ensure your home and garden are tick-free by hiring a tick control operator to inspect your property.
When leaving your home, wear long-sleeves shirts and long pants especially when the area is infested with ticks.
Keep underbrush to a minimum and put woodpiles in places with a lot of sun.
Insect repellent with 10% DEET will shield you for about two hours; don’t leave your home without them. However, do not use DEET on the faces of children less than two months old, also not on the hands of young children. Eucalyptus oil offers the same protection as DEET when used in equal concentrations – don’t use on kids below the age of three.
Check your children and pets as well as yourself for ticks. Don’t assume you cannot be infected again. People can experience Lyme disease more than once in a lifetime.
Use tweezers to remove ticks; apply it close to the mouth or the head and gently pull from the skin. Check the bite area to make sure all the tick parts have been removed from the body. Do not hesitate to call the doctor as soon as you notice a tick bite on your skin or loved ones.
Alternative Treatment For Lyme Disease
Although antibiotics are the only proven treatment for Lyme disease, there are alternative treatments that people with the disease can use for treatment. Please note that scientists have not proved the alternative treatments so far, and in some cases, they can be harmful or deadly. It is necessary to seek counsel from your doctor before trying out the alternative medication.
What To Do When Preparing For An Appointment
You may be referred to a rheumatologist or infectious disease specialist by your family doctor or general practitioner. Also, below are some of the things you can do to help you get prepared for your appointment.
If you are sure that you have been bitten by a tick or have been to areas well known to harbor ticks, make sure you inform your doctor. Make a list of your symptoms, and when you noticed them.
The medication(s) vitamins and supplements you take, including their prescribed doses.
Your doctor is more likely to ask you to bring a friend or family member along to help you remember information you receive.