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Proven Tips to Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease

September 05, 2017

Proven Tips to Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease may have debilitating symptoms without the proper treatment. Many of these symptoms include severe fatigue, joint pain, anxiety, and headaches. Lyme is a complex disease that can be very difficult to diagnose. There is no reliable diagnostic test to determine if a person has contracted Lyme disease. A considerable number of people who contracted the disease are misdiagnosed, especially during the early stages of Lyme disease, which may lead into a chronic form of the disease. The following tips are designed for Lyme Disease Treatment and to prevent chronic lyme disease contraction.

10 Tips to Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease

1. Lyme Disease is a Nationwide Problem

Lyme disease has been identified in all 50 states and worldwide, not just the east coast. Avoiding the tick bite will always remain the very first step to prevent Lyme disease. Spray your clothes with DEET-contained insecticide, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants while tucking the pants inside your socks will be the best way to avoid ticks from attaching to your skin.

2. Know your Tick Facts

Ticks vary in size there are nymphal ticks that are small as poppy-seeds and larger sesame-seed size adult ticks. Lyme disease is hard to cure if other infections are not treated all at the same time.

3. Show Your Doctor

Take a photo of the rash and don’t wait to show your doctor the actual rash in person. Do not wait for it to fade. The most famous bull’s eye rash as seen below is mostly associated with Lyme disease.

4. Do No Assume You Do Not Have Lyme Disease without a Rash

Lyme disease is very difficult to diagnose. Many people react differently to the infection. If you experience chronic severe fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, poor memory, numbness and tingling. Check with your doctor and get tested to prevent chronic lyme disease. 

5. Do Not Rely on Test Results

Many test results for Lyme disease are often false positive or false negative. Up to 50% of patients are misdiagnosed with a false negative result. Often, the CDC relies on the patient’s physician to make a clinical diagnosis depending on the patient’s symptoms, medical history, and their risk for exposure. Most often, physicians will treat the patients even without a positive result, to prevent developing chronic Lyme disease.

6. The Great Imitator

Often, chronic Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as another condition, hence the name “Great Imitator”. Currently, the only effective treatment for the disease is antibiotics.

7. Do Not Wait for Treatment

Many patients with the disease will decide to “wait and see” approach whether they should wait to treat the disease due to unforeseen symptoms. The onset of Lyme can be easily mistaken for other illnesses. Do not wait to get checked out, prevent lyme disease before it enters the central nervous system.

8. Get a Second or Third Opinion

Many physicians treat and diagnose Lyme differently. Make sure to get a second or even a third opinion, especially if your physician advises not to treat or persist on different treatments.

9. Know Your Treatment Options

There is more than one type of Lyme disease antibiotic treatment available. Work with your physician to identify the best treatment option based on your symptoms.

10. Expect to Get Better

As a patient, you should expect to get better. Make sure to take your antibiotic treatments as long as your doctor advised. By stopping the treatment abruptly, it may worsen and treatment will not work. Some physicians also advise on further continuing antibiotic treatments after the initial antibiotics treatments.

Chronic Lyme disease is a long hard fight to wellness. Follow these tips to minimize the risk and prevent chronic Lyme disease.

 

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