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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia Burgdorferi.  It can cause infection of multiple organs and produce a wide range of symptoms.

FACTS:

Pennsylvania has a very high incidence rate of Lyme disease.  It is more often than not, the state with the most  new cases every year.

When treated early, it may be easy to cure but many individuals are not diagnosed and treated promplty and unfortunately become chronically ill and sometimes disabled.

Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite.

Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash.

The elisa screening test is unreliable.  The test misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease (only 65% sensitivity which is unacceptable since screening tests should have at least 95% sensitivity.
 
There has never been a study demonstrating that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures chronic Lyme disease. There is, however, an abundance of literature in the U.S. and Europe demonstrating that short treatment courses have resulted in more than a 40% relapse rate, if treatment is delayed.

Many patients with chronic Lyme disease require prolonged treatment until they are symptom-free.  Relapses do occur and additional treatment may be required.

For over 16 years, I have been caring for Lyme patients who:

    
  •  Have been misdiagnosed and are chronically ill

       •  Have just been bitten and are starting antibiotics

       •  Who are struggling with Lyme disease herxing symptoms

       •  No longer wish to pursue antibiotics and are looking for alternatives to kill the bacteria and support digestion

       •  Dermatological Lyme disease

Call today to schedule your consultation if you think you have Lyme disease
215-860-2660