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Is IV Lyme disease treatment effective and what are the side effects?

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This treatment will help get rid of the bacteria that’s making you sick. But it could take some time for your symptoms to go away. IV antibiotics also come with side effects, including diarrhea and a low white blood cell count, which hinders your body's ability to fight off other infections.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease: Treatments and Drugs.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Treatment,” “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

News release, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: “Treatment,” “Chronic Lyme Disease: Why Is Chronic Lyme Disease Chronic?”

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network: “Conditions & Treatments: Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease: Treatments and Drugs.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Treatment,” “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

News release, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: “Treatment,” “Chronic Lyme Disease: Why Is Chronic Lyme Disease Chronic?”

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network: “Conditions & Treatments: Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

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