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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. Medications will eliminate the disease or reduce the symptoms and complications.

Treatment involves the following:

Surgery—There are no surgical procedures for the treatment of Lyme disease.


A history of Lyme disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: Updated March 29, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2012.

Lyme disease. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated August 15, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

Lyme disease treatment. Lyme Disease website. Available at: Accessed September 26, 2012.

Treatment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated July 26, 2012. Accessed September 26, 2012.

Last reviewed November 2015 by David L. Horn, MD

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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