Antibiotics are commonly used to treat Lyme disease as well as Chronic stages of Lyme disease and the additional co-infections that may occur after the tick bite. Since lyme disease is bacterial by nature, most doctors will prescribe antibiotics, however certain herbal protocols are widely available on the market today and some of them proved to be very effective on the long run.
If you’re suffering from lyme disease, you must see an LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctors) doctor before self-diagnosing yourself, starting an antibiotic treatment or starting a holistic protocol. (Most infectious disease doctors will not recognize chronic lyme disease).
Oral antibiotics are the standard treatment for early-stage Lyme disease. Most commonly, doxycycline is used in children and adults older than 8, cefuroxime and amoxicillin is also prescribed for adults and younger children as well as breast-feeding or pregnant women. In the early stage of lyme disease, usually a 14 – 21 days course of antibiotics is recommended and it’s vital to help the body and the immune system to kill off the bacteria by using additional supplements.
IV antibiotics ( intravenous antibiotics)
In the acute and disseminated stage, your doctor may recommend treatment with intravenous antibiotics for 14 to 28 days if the oral antibiotics are not effective. This is effective in eliminating infection partially, although it may take some time to recover symptomatically. Hundreds of studies have shown that a 14 – 28 course of antibiotic treatment does not treat Chronic Lyme Disease. A trained LLMD will prescribe long-term antibiotics to all chronic patients. Lyme patients must be cautious when starting an antibiotic treatment since most antibiotics have a long list of side-effects.
Even months into the treatment, a number of people still experience symptoms such as muscle aches, dizziness, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, muscle spasms, loss of balance and a serious of other neurological symptoms. The main cause of persisting symptoms is a valid proof that the infection persists (still active) and it’s continuing to cause damage to the nervous system, joints, heart and other organs in the body. Extended antibiotic treatment and/or natural anti-microbial supplements are recommended at this point.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers and health care providers to avoid Bismacine, an injectable compound prescribed by some alternative medicine practitioners to treat Lyme disease. Bismacine, also known as Chromacine, contains high levels of the metal bismuth. Although bismuth is safely used in some oral medications for digestive conditions, it’s not approved for use in injectable form or as a treatment for Lyme disease. Bismacine can cause bismuth poisoning, which may lead to heart and kidney failure.
* Make sure you’re not allergic to any antibiotics before starting a treatment.