Johns Hopkins Health - 20,000 people in the U.S. have Lyme disease
Issue No. 2
20,000 people in the U.S. have Lyme diseaseDate: September 24, 2008
Because of its signature bull’s-eye rash, the tick-borne illness is easy to detect and diagnose with blood tests and then treat with antibiotics.
But watch for long-term alternative treatments for so-called “chronic Lyme disease,” especially long-term antibiotics, says Paul Auwaerter, M.D., clinical director of Johns Hopkins infectious diseases. “For patients with persisting symptoms after initial treatment for Lyme disease,” he says, “long-term antibiotics were no better than placebo.”