As the medical profession has learned long since, it can be difficult to define universal Lyme Disease treatment guidelines. Leaving politics aside, the biggest problem is that the disease is amazingly protean, varying from stage to stage and from person to person.

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Effective Lyme Disease treatment guidelines ensure a fast recovery

The one thing that can be said is that your physician should base their treatment guidelines on aggressive therapies delivered as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at the basic guidelines used by Lyme-literate doctors who face the disease on a daily basis.

What Not To Do

Before we consider what should be done for LD, let’s take a slight detour and discuss what absolutely shouldn’t happen, an issue often forgotten or bypassed in the heat of the moment.

First of all, no doctor should ever treat a patient even suspected of having Lyme Disease with steroids; these medications help some patients with illnesses presenting similar symptoms, but can permanently damage or kill an LD patient.

Immunosuppressant drugs can do the same — but there are situations in which LD patients require immunosuppressants, usually to treat a co-infection. If this is the case, the treating physician should administer the immunosuppressants only after an antibiotic course lasting at least 48 hours.

Standard Antibiotic Treatment

While the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete that causes LD is tricky, treatment with the proper levels and combinations of antibiotics can often eradicate the infection, particularly in its early stages. Chronic Lyme is more difficult, but even it can be successfully treated with such medications.

Doxycycline, a member of the tetracycline family of antibiotics, is one of the most effective treatments for all stages of LD, when taken in large doses for long periods. Other effective antibiotics include penicillins, third-generation cephalosporins such as Ceftin, and telithromycin.

For the more advanced stages of the disease, Flagyl (which penetrates cysts), ceftriaxone, and benzathine penicillin seem to work the best.

Combination Therapy

One of the most respected and experienced Lyme-literate doctors, Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., recommends an aggressive combination therapy for chronic LD that strikes at all stages of the Borrelia life-cycle. This Lyme treatment protocol recognizes that LD isn’t a simple disease caused by a simple organism.

The Burrascano protocol requires treatment with antibiotics that can cleanse the bloodstream as well as cellular tissues; additional medications that can reach the spaces between cells; and others that can penetrate and kill the non-standard forms of the spirochete, including the cysts. For more information, click here.

Neurotoxin Therapy

One subject that many alternative practitioners are beginning to address involves the neurotoxins produced by the LD spirochete, which can linger and sicken patients even after the bacteria are gone. Many physicians fail to take them into account, although Burrascano is an exception.

Practitioners of all stripes have explored and recommended a number of detoxification procedures, including the salt bath method outlined in an earlier article. Two medically accepted treatments for removing the neurotoxins are WelChol pills and cholestyramine resin, both repurposed cholesterol meds.

A Caveat

By no means are we attempting to make recommendations for treatment here; let’s leave that to the professionals. However, we do want to make you aware of what you should expect if you fall ill with Lyme Disease.

You need for your physician to take you seriously, and do their best to cure you of your illness. These are the most effective Lyme Disease treatment guidelines for ensuring a fast recovery; so if your doctor isn’t using them, ask them why not.