Lyme disease – Borreliosis – Relapsing fever
Lyme Borreliosis is a complex zoonotic illness. A multisystemic disease with non-specific symptoms, usually accompanied by multiple co-infections like Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma and other viruses. Increasing number of infections increase the possibility of immune suppression. It is an emerging infectious disease which is not recognised in Australia. It can be considered as the leprosy of the 21st century.
Common symptoms include stiff neck, a bulls eye rash, flu-like reaction early post tick bite.
In chronic stage it can cause paralysis, chronic fatigue, malaise, cognitive dysfunction, carditis, gut problems, seizures, neuropathy, encephalitis, meningitis, joint pain, respiratory problems, muscle twitches, muscle wasting, depression and mental health problems
Treatment involves a holistic approach involving both antibiotics to address the infection and complementary supplements. It is difficult to treat due to the herxheimer reaction. The patient’s symptoms get worse when dying bacteria release toxins. Removing toxins and supporting the patient help to bring about positive outcomes.
Ticks are the most common vector. Borrelia, a slow replicating bacteria is the causative microorganism. It is a cork screw bacteria which can change its shape and hide from the immune system. Testing is unreliable due to the high number of genospecies and assumption of a competent immune system in the host.
As a result of immune dysfunction, allergic reactions are common and due to the herxheimer reaction, lower dose of antibiotics then what is commonly available may be needed. In addition, due to gut dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) alternate dosage forms may be required.
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Useful links for Lyme Disease
Karl McManus Foundation for research, education and advocacy in Australia
Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme borreliosis
Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and other Tick-borne Illnesses