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    Lyme Disease - Treatment Overview

    Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.

    The type of antibiotic your doctor gives you and the number of days you take it will depend on your symptoms and the stage of the disease. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your antibiotic treatment.

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    Early treatment

    Antibiotic treatment for early Lyme disease is effective, and symptoms usually go away within 3 weeks of treatment.

    The earlier antibiotic treatment is started after infection, the faster and more completely you will recover.

    If Lyme disease isn't diagnosed and treated until later problems arise, it may take you a long time to get better. Or you may need more treatment.

    Later treatment

    If the disease gets worse, treatment options include:

    People with partial facial paralysis as a result of Lyme disease may improve on their own without more treatment.

    Even after successful treatment for Lyme disease, you can get it again. So it is important to continue to protect yourself against tick bites.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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