Chronic Lyme disease: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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Lyme disease comes from a type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks, the most common of which are deer ticks, spread Lyme disease. Doctors often treat infections with antibiotics.

With treatment, Lyme disease is usually quickly eliminated for most people. However, some people continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease after treatment. Doctors call this chronic Lyme disease.

Read on for more information about chronic Lyme disease, including symptoms and treatment options.

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Lyme disease can be spread by deer ticks.

People with chronic Lyme disease continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease despite being treated for initial infection.

Lyme disease is also known as Lyme syndrome after treatment.

According to the Research 2016About 10% of people who have been treated for Lyme disease develop chronic symptoms.

People get Lyme disease if an infected bug bites them. Researchers are not sure why some people develop chronic Lyme disease, but they do some theory:

  • Some bacteria can survive treatment and continue to cause symptoms.
  • Lyme disease can cause an autoimmune reaction in the same way as other diseases. Examples include strep throat, which can lead to rheumatic fever and chlamydia, which is associated with Reiter's syndrome. When this happens, the immune system continues to work even after the treatment kills the bacteria, causing persistent symptoms.
  • The symptoms may be the result of other causes that …


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