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Cures for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused due to bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria is spread through the bite of an infected tick. Learn about the methods involved in Lyme disease cure.
Most cases of Lyme disease are found to be transmitted by two types of ticks known as deer ticks and western black-legged ticks. The city Lyme in Connecticut was the first place to witness the spread of the disease and hence the name Lyme disease. Borrelia burgdorfer is a spirochete type of bacterium. The bacteria uses the blood stream to spread its infection, in the absence of any treatment or cures for Lyme disease. In this way, it takes over various body tissues and gives rise to many mild and severe symptoms. The following describes the general methods that are used for Lyme disease cure. The various types of symptoms have also been listed.

Treatment Options and Cure for Lyme Disease

A prescribed course of antibiotics is known to be the best cure for Lyme disease. Treatment of the disease in its early stage proves as an effective cure. Antibiotics show positive results in curing the disease within three weeks. The treatment method depends on the severity of the disease and the health of the patient. Most common antibiotics prescribed for Lyme disease cure includes doxycycline, amoxicillin and cefuroxime axetil. Patients showing neurological symptoms of the disease are recommended for intravenous (IV) treatment. The treatment may includes medications such as ceftriaxone and penicillin.

Apart from medical cures for Lyme disease, there are certain home remedies also which have been known to contribute to the cure. Adding multi-vitamin supplements to daily diet helps in boosting the immune system and increases recovery speed. Daily consumption of about 1000 mg of Vitamin C along with zinc has shown effective results in maximum cases. Vitamin A rich food or supplements helps in decreasing the intensity of body aches. Not only Lyme disease patients, Vitamin A is also beneficial for patients complaining of arthritis. Including fish oil in the diet also aids recuperation. Exposure to sunlight for about 15-20 minutes everyday helps in increasing the level of Vitamin D in the body. This is specially beneficial for arthritis symptoms.

Natural cures for Lyme disease are also prevalent among some people. Hot baths and natural antibiotics such as garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper have been found to be amazingly effective for the cure. Herbal medicines such as cat's claw, echinacea and ginseng have also received positive feedback from some patients suffering from Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

About 75% of tick bites develop skin rash around the bitten area. Most of these rashes may have the shape of a bull-eye. The rashes are one of the early symptoms of Lyme disease. The skin rash due to a tick bite is clinically known as erythema migrans (EM). The person may experience mild illness and fever accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chills, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and malaise (physical discomfort) are also some of the symptoms of Lyme disease.

The person may feel stiffness in his neck and may experience body and muscle ache. Fatigue is a common sign of the disease along with arthritis, joint pain and knee arthritis.

These are the symptoms that occur a few days after the patient has been bitten by the infected tick. There are also some neurological symptoms that show up at a later stage, usually from weeks to years later. These symptoms are described as follows.

Along with numbness, the person experiences pain and weakness in the limbs. Radiculitis is also a symptom which may come up. This condition is defined as a sensation of numbness, tingling or burning. Memory and concentration are affected and frequent mood swings may occur in the patient.

One of the severe symptoms includes encephalopathy - a brain disorder. Dizziness, change in breath, and irregularity in the heartbeat may also be felt by the patient.

Cures for Lyme disease are many and can be of different types. In case of synthetic treatment, doctors should be the first point of contact at the emergence of Lyme disease symptoms. If the treatment involves a natural cure, then thorough research should be done to ensure that the methods are safe and effective. Early diagnosis and early treatment have always been helpful in the Lyme disease cure. So act promptly at the sight of any Lyme disease symptom and initiate treatment as soon as possible.
By Rajib Singha
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