Prolonged Antibiotic Treatment For Lyme Disease Can Be Harmful, Infectious Disease Experts Say

Prolonged Antibiotic Treatment For Lyme Disease Can Be Harmful, Infectious Disease Experts Say
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Antibiotic treatments are quite standard for Lyme disease, but experts warn us that a prolonged antibiotic treatment could be in fact dangerous. There would be no benefits, and it would be worse than a placebo.

Accordingly, experts recommend other approaches to deal with the Lyme disease.

Prolonged Antibiotic Treatment For Lyme Disease Can Be Harmful

The Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada released a paper in which they explain the harmful effects of long-term antibiotic treatment. There can be adverse health outcomes such as allergic reactions and various infections.

“Patients are suffering from very real and sometimes debilitating symptoms,” said. Dr. Todd Hatchette, the president of AMMI Canada, in a news release. “Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation about Lyme disease.”

The Lyme Disease

It is not simple to diagnose Lyme disease, and it is even more difficult to treat it, so this is not good news. The symptoms of the disease are very common, which makes it very hard to identify it. Some of the symptoms include joint aches, rashes, headache, muscle aches, fever, and fatigue. These symptoms can occur between three to thirty days after someone was infected.

Animals or insects can carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, and most of the time the bacterium is transmitted by ticks. The Lyme disease seems to be expanding to new regions, and it affects humans at higher rates.

Ticks are found in Canada all around the year, and they are most active in the spring and summer. The reason why ticks are more common nowadays is that global warming leads to higher temperatures. The Public Health Agency of Canada revealed that in Canada, cases of Lyme disease have increased by 13 percent from 2009 to 2018, and most of them took place in Nova Scotia, Ontario or Quebec.


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