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Why do some people get post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS)?

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Doctors still aren’t sure why some people get post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Some believe that getting Lyme disease may cause damage to your tissues or immune system. Others believe it’s because the bacteria that causes Lyme hasn’t completely gone away.

There is little evidence that taking more antibiotics at this stage will help -- in fact, they may actually be harmful. Instead, your doctor will focus on treating the symptoms you’re still having. This will be different for everyone. Some people could benefit from a medicine that relieves fatigue, while others may need a drug that can help with headaches or very sensitive skin.

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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