What are the treatment options for Lyme disease?

Antibiotics are used to get rid of the bacteria causing Lyme disease. The sooner one obtains treatment, the better the outcome. 
 
Oral antibiotics are the most common form of treatment and are used for early-stage Lyme disease. People will usually be on these medicines for 14-21 days.
 
Intravenous antibiotics may be needed if the infection starts to involve the central nervous system. This treatment typically lasts 14-28 days. Taking antibiotics intravenously may cause side effects such as low white blood cell count, diarrhea, or antibiotic-resistant organism infection. 
 
 
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Sources:
  • "Lyme disease." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 03 Apr. 2016. Web. 04 Nov. 2017.
  • “Lyme Disease.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC, 14 Aug. 2017. Web. 04 Nov. 2017.
  • “Lyme Disease.” The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Cleveland Clinic. 26 Nov. 2014. Web. 04 Nov. 2017. 

 

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