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What do you need to know about chronic Lyme disease?

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With treatment and time, the symptoms of Lyme disease usually get better. You usually take antibiotics for 2-4 weeks. But when symptoms linger well beyond the typical treatment time, you may have what's called "post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome" (PTLDS). It’s also called "chronic Lyme disease." About 1 in 10 people who get Lyme disease have lingering symptoms. They can go on for months.

SOURCES:

Annals of Internal Medicine : "Lyme Disease Controversy, Use and Misuse of Language," March 5, 2002.

CDC: "Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome" and "Research Into Prolonged Treatment for Lyme Disease."

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society: "Chronic Lyme Tips."

Patel, R. , 2000. Clinical Infectious Diseases

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Illnesses."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Annals of Internal Medicine : "Lyme Disease Controversy, Use and Misuse of Language," March 5, 2002.

CDC: "Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome" and "Research Into Prolonged Treatment for Lyme Disease."

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society: "Chronic Lyme Tips."

Patel, R. , 2000. Clinical Infectious Diseases

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Illnesses."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

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