Some facts about the treatments used on Chronic Lyme Disease are–the treatment process must not be limited to eliminating infection, patients’ responses to treatments are varied, some treatment options must be avoided, proper diagnosis is important before any treatment is administered, and there are several drawbacks to using antibiotic treatments.
Chronic Lyme disease is used to call residual symptoms of Lyme disease even after treatment has been conducted or after the time that Lyme disease normally resolves. There is some controversy surrounding chronic Lyme disease and how it should be diagnosed. There are also some disputes about the treatments that should be administered for this illness. Nonetheless, basic knowledge of the treatments for this disease is essential because it could become a life-long illness if inadequate or inappropriate treatment is applied. Here are some important facts you should know about chronic Lyme disease treatments:
Treatment process must not be limited to eliminating infection
Treatments administered to patients must be complete and go beyond targeting the infection. It should include relieving inflammation, purging bacteria, boosting the immune system, and preventing potential hormonal and nutritional deficiencies.
Patients’ responses to treatments are varied
The effects of treatments for the disease are different from one patient to another. Some patients are required to undergo antibiotic treatments for a longer span of time compared to others. Some might need a combination of different antibiotics, symptomatic medications, co-infection treatments and even natural therapies. One particular course of treatment may be adequate for one patient and unsuitable for another. Some treatments can lead to full recovery, while patients who do not recover should continue looking for other options.
Some treatment options must be avoided
There are some treatments that could aggravate one’s condition or cause harmful side effects. There are cases in which a second course of antibiotic treatment should be avoided. Continued use of antibiotic treatments is proven to be ineffective and could make your body resistant to antibiotic treatments in the future. This poses a potential risk for more serious infection. Additionally, alternative medicine practitioners who offer treatments using a compound known as chromacine or bismacine should be avoided. These medications, which are injected into the body, may be suitable for treating stomach ulcers, however, these compounds can cause metal poisoning and potential kidney complications and heart failure.
Proper diagnosis is important before any treatment is administered
Determining the appropriate and accurate type of treatment is crucial to facilitate each patient’s recovery. Proper diagnosis should be made with the patient working with an expert physician, which can take time. Further examination of a patient’s condition might be necessary in cases where the patient suffers from symptoms that seem related to Lyme disease and who has received antibiotic medications exceeding 6 months in the past.
There are several drawbacks to using antibiotic treatments
There are significant risks and drawbacks when using antibiotic treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease. Long term usage or high dosage antibiotic treatments can cause dangerous side effects and damage to several organs. Additionally, not all patients recover from their condition using this treatment; relapses are fairly common. Patients also have to face insurance-related issues when pursuing this type of treatment since government standards limit the use of antibiotics.
Chronic Lyme disease is surrounded by much confusion and controversy, but this should not prevent patients from seeking appropriate treatment for their condition.