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General Treatment Guidelines

The specific treatment for Lyme disease depends on how long you have had the disease, when it is diagnosed, and whether there are any complications. In all stages, medications are used to kill the Lyme bacteria in the body. This will eliminate the disease or reduce the symptoms and complications.

Treatment involves the following:

Medications

There are no surgical options for the treatment of Lyme disease.

References:

Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistreatment/index.html. Updated July 26, 2012. Accessed September 26, 2012.

Lyme disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated June 29, 2012. Accessed September 26, 2012.

Lyme disease. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/lymeDisease/understanding/Pages/intro.aspx. Updated March 29, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2012.



Last reviewed December 2013 by David L Horn, MD, FACP

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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