Possible Treatments For Lyme Disease To Look Into

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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.

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  1. Vaccine

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.

  1. Antibiotics

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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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.

3 Dating Tips To Keep In Mind After A Lyme Disease Diagnosis

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It is no secret that when a doctor diagnoses you with Lyme disease, you will inadvertently hear more don’ts than dos from the people in your surroundings. For instance, “Don’t work out too much. The rigorous activity may agitate the Lyme bacteria and make the next days painful.” “Stop coming to work. You should not get stressed out since the symptoms may flare up.” “Avoid taking a shower too often. The water pressure might be a cause of discomfort for you.” “Don’t think of dating – that can lead to sex, which may trigger the illness.”

Although you know that these people mean no harm to you, you ought to remember that you are an adult now. You can make decisions that will make you happy. Your world does not have to stop spinning because a medical specialist confirmed that you have Lyme disease. Besides, staying away from such activities cannot get rid of the bacteria, so it is still best to pursue your dreams and follow your heart instead of letting the illness dictate how you should live.

Now, if dating is one of the things you want to try out of everything you are not supposed to do, you should go for it. It may turn out well, especially once you keep the following ideas in mind.

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  1. Talk To The Other Person About Your Condition

It seems common for ill patients to hide their physical condition to a potential love interest when they are still in the getting-to-know stage. For one, they don’t want the person to run away or stay out of pity. Apart from that, they hope that by holding off that bit of information, the man or woman they are dating will see their other – read: better – qualities first.

The problem with this decision is that your relationship already starts with lies. You insist that you be perfectly fine when your entire body’s aching. In a way, you are depriving this individual of the opportunity to care for you and make decisions for himself or herself.  Andrea M. Risi, LPC suggests to, “Think about the important facts of your diagnosis and be able to share them in a succinct way. If your new date has questions, answer them accordingly.” She adds, “Allow the other person time to digest the information, and be open to answering questions if he or she wants to talk more about it later.”

  1. Don’t Feel Guilty About Dating While Ill

Many people with Lyme or other diseases tend to embrace isolation. In their head, they do not deserve to love and feel loved because they are “broken.”  The other person may not be able to reach their full potential or live happily since he or she will merely worry about them.

The reality, however, is that you should not be sorry for wanting to receive affection. Everyone can get lonely and admit that it is nicer to deal with issues when you have someone special on your side than to handle things on your own. “It is that feeling that holds a deep sense of isolation, emptiness, worthlessness, and feeling threatened,” Johnathan Martin, PsyD said. Moreover, you won’t be forcing anyone to stick with you, so you need not feel guilty about it.

  1. Avoid Doubting How You Feel

When you are finally dating, you may realize that there can be restrictions along the way. You set to go out with that special man or woman in your life, for example, but then you have to cancel last minute because you don’t feel okay. Even when your partner says he or she understands the situation, you tend to feel bad afterward and wonder if you should still be in a relationship.

When it happens, you need to scold yourself internally for thinking like that. “When you acknowledge your wants and needs, it’s more likely you’ll land a lasting relationship,” Jamie Long Psy.D. says. You did not force the symptoms of Lyme disease to flare up in that occasion. You cannot push yourself to move when your body screams that it can’t. Despite that, you do not have to doubt and re-validate how you feel all the time.

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Show yourself some love. Don’t feel too scared to find love either. Think of the ideas above once you start dating. Good luck!