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Lyme disease, chronic infections

Chronic infection may severely hamper the lives of affected patients, as well as take the guise of different organ dysfunctions.

Such infections may continue for years. They can be caused by bacteria, such as Chlamydia trachomatis or Mycoplasma pneumonia, as well as by different kinds of viruses, including the infectious mononucleosis virus, the cytomegalovirus, hepatotropic viruses (including the hepatitis C virus), and many others.

Such diseases progress in a subclinical fashion. Often, the symptoms of a serious infection are minimal or similar to a common cold, with slightly elevated body temperature and joint pains. In the long term, these diseases usually cause chronic weakness and a feeling of chronic fatigue and weakness, as well as cluster of difficult to diagnose ailments, including joint pain and swelling, headaches etc. Some of the microbes cause permanent damage to infected organs. Treating these chronic infections may noticeably increase the quality of life for the affected patients.

One of the most common diseases giving confusing symptoms is Lyme disease. Also called borreliosis, it is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia burgoferdi spirochaete bacterium. It is carried by infected ticks, so it belongs to tick-borne diseases.

Attention! Please bear in mind that modern diagnostic labs offer a possibility of EXAMINING THE TICK, which greatly simplifies the decision whether a medical treatment is necessary!

There is no vaccine for Lyme disease. It starts out slowly, at the site of the bite, steadily progressing deeper into the body, taking successively organs and systems. It manifests as a syndrome of dermatological, neurological, and muscle-skeletal changes (in late stages of the disease it also affects the joints, which undergo inflammation). The stealthy, nearly non-symptomatic beginning makes it particularly difficult to diagnose.

Its first symptom is the so-called erythema migrans, however this symptom does not always occur, additionally it can be difficult to notice.

Erythema migrans is a small band of redness of the skin, spreading out in a circle from the site of the bite. It is an indication to undertake treatment.

Systematic borreliosis often makes its presence felt many years after the tick bite. Many afflicted patients do not even remember having been bitten. Because sometimes the bites occur in unusual places, some of the patients do not even know that they have ever been bitten by a tick.

Lyme disease symptoms can often be misinterpreted, because of similarities to other diseases of the joints, heart, and the nervous system.

Diagnosis is based on properly chosen blood tests. While diagnosing Lyme disease, we also take into account other tick-borne diseases in order to get a fuller picture of the disease.

Proper treatment consists of administering antibiotics. The treatment time must be chosen according to the disease stage and form: we use different antibiotics if joints are affected, and different ones in other neurological forms of the disease. The period of treatment is different depending on individual needs of the patient. The choice of antibiotics also depends on comorbid infections. Often, a combined treatment, utilizing various antibacterial agents, is required.

During the antibiotic treatment, an antifungal preventive treatment is also necessary, since the weakened body is more susceptible to the Candida family of infectious fungi.

It is also important to rebuild the damaged organs using proper supplementation, and, during and after the antibiotic treatment, a treatment course for supporting the immune function. In our clinic we most often use thymus peptide extracts.

After getting the infection under control, a vitamin and organotrophic supplementation is initiated in the second phase of the treatment.