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What are the risks of taking intravenous antibiotics to treat Lyme disease?

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It’s likely this treatment will get rid of the bacteria that’s making you sick. Still, it could take some time for your symptoms to go away.

Intravenous antibiotics also come with side effects. These can include diarrhea and a low white blood cell count, which makes it hard for your body 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 March 31, 2017

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 March 31, 2017

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