Lyme disease treatment is controversial

Medical researchers and experts are still unsure of exactly what treatment is best for patients with Lyme disease.  Many doctors say patients should only undergo 1 round of antibiotics, while others say patients should stay on antibiotics until symptoms disappear.

Lyme disease is transmitted by deer tick bites.  Symptoms of Lyme disease include a red rash, fever, fatigue, chills, muscle and joint pain, and headache.  If an individual with Lyme disease does not receive treatment for the infection, they cold develop heart palpitations, facial palsy, and spinal cord inflammation.

Typically, doctors only give patients who test positive for Lyme disease antibiotics for a few weeks.  Researchers at UTHealth’s infectious diseases department also say that using antibiotics long-term does not seem to help.

Most doctors recommend antibiotics for only up to 6 weeks.  However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that between 10 to 20 percent of patients with Lyme disease experience symptoms of the infection years later.

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