Receiving a Lyme disease diagnosis for the first time does not essentially make you want to ask the specialist why you have this illness. You may not even wonder how you got it since you are pretty much aware of the places you have been to that are heavily infested with ticks. No, the question that most people ask is, “What can I get rid of my condition?”
What many do not realize is that Lyme disease may only be curable if it has been diagnosed during its early stage. Doctors often spend months or years examining patients, however, before concluding that someone has a tick-borne illness. By the time the diagnosis comes, the person’s condition may have already bloomed and caused the bacteria to reproduce and bring more incurable diseases to the sick patient.
Nonetheless, let us look into the treatments that were once or are still employed to help people manage Lyme disease.
Once upon a time, there was a vaccine created in the United States that was supposed to keep human beings from getting Lyme disease. Its production stopped in 2002, unfortunately, since various anti-vaccination groups rally against it and it seems quite expensive to make. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes up to this day as well that the vaccine’s effectivity does not last long, so the people will require to go through vaccination over the years.
Different kinds of antibiotics are available for treating Lyme disease at specific stages. For instance, if you immediately realize that you have a tick bite somewhere on your body within 36 hours, the doctor may prescribe one dose of doxycycline, considering you are neither pregnant nor below eight years old. During stage 1 or 2, you may need to spend the next two to three weeks taking cefuroxime or amoxicillin. You may receive a prescription for one of these drugs, along with penicillin or ceftriaxone, if you reach the third phase in which the tick-borne illness gives you not only rashes and fatigue but also affects your nerves.
- Alternative Medicine
Assuming the antibiotics do not seem too practical for you, there is one alternative drug called bismacine that has been formulated to treat Lyme disease. Now, the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend consuming the medicine intravenously because its high bismuth content can lead to death. We do not suggest that you take it in any other form either without a specialist telling you to do so. Nevertheless, it seems fair to include it in the list as it is still technically another possible treatment for Lyme disease.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The final remedy to look into is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. You will need to lie down in a pressurized chamber for 45 to 120 minutes and allow oxygen to circulate in that sizeable vessel. The air and the pressure is supposed to let your lungs to take in more oxygen that may kill anaerobic microorganisms and help strengthen your immunity.
In The End
Lyme disease is a severe health condition that comes from a tick bite. You may be able to avoid getting bitten by not staying near shrubs or grass for too long. However, once the bacteria are already transferred into your system, you may not know that you have been infected unless your joints start to ache, you have rashes all over, and you get diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or other illnesses that may or may not be curable.
In case you notice such symptoms in yourself, you should not hesitate to consult a physician at once. One of the treatments above may help you, especially if you don’t allow years to pass before receiving a diagnosis.