What is Lyme disease
Lyme disease is an increasingly common disease that is transmitted to humans when they are bitten by ticks or other insects infected by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Diagnosis of Lyme disease, which has symptoms that often mimic other chronic diseases, is difficult and complex and requires highly specialized tests. At Biosalud Day Hospital we are specialized in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment and we follow ILADS guidelines as a center accredited by this leading international organization.
Lyme disease treatment at Biosalud Day Hospital
Given its complexity and symptomatic variety, chronic Lyme disease requires customized treatments. At Biosalud Day Hospital, we confirm that the patient has Lyme disease and test for possible Lyme-associated infections and then design personalized treatment protocols for each individual patient. Our specific test for Lyme disease, LymeCHECK, and complementary tests, as well as patient observation and the patient’s medical history, make it possible to determine exactly how far the disease has advanced and if it is chronic or not, as well the patient’s specific needs. In general, our treatment protocols have several phases:
FIRST PHASE: in all cases of chronic Lyme we recommend starting treatment with three weeks of electric-shock treatment, along with intravenous serums with antibiotics to detox and activate the immune system. We can also prescribe several specific treatment options with techniques including photon therapy, ozone therapy (outstanding autohemotherapy and intestinal insufflation), focal magnetotherapy, colon hydrotherapy, oxygen therapy, specific and customized intravenous serums with high doses of vitamins, minerals and/or amino acids, molecular hyperthermia, body hyperthermia, diathermy, phytotherapy, and neurovegetative injection therapy.
Treatment with oral antibiotics begins during the second week of this electric-shock treatment, as indicated by each patient’s individual LymeCHECK analysis and existing co-infections.
SECOND PHASE: after these three weeks of treatment, the patient begins a full treatment with antibiotics, immune stimulants, neurotoxin detoxing, natural anti-infectives, etc. This phase focuses on improving the compatibility and effectiveness of antibiotics, strengthening the immune system, treating existing pain, changing the cellular environment by deacidifying and eliminating excess free radicals to reduce the reproduction of Borrelia burgdorferi, reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines and Th1/Th2 cross regulation, ensuring the proper functioning of different organs (particularly liver and kidneys), as well as detoxifying and strengthening the immune system.
THIRD PHASE: We prescribe several analytical tests two months after the start of treatment to check the patient’s response to the treatment, rule out any side effects, and, after a review of the clinical report, determine the steps to follow and how treatment should continue.
Should the patient have an HLA-weighted genetic load that prevents a positive response to antibiotics, or should he/ or she decide to limit treatment to only those based on biological medicine, we can prescribe the right treatment protocols with the highest chances of success.
However, for patients with chronic Lyme disease, we recommend combining allopathic treatment (conventional, with antibiotics), with biological medicine, which significantly reduces the risk of possible side effects while enhancing the treatment’s beneficial effects. In any case, all factors must be weighed and treatment adapted to each individual patient based on the clinical report and subsequent tests.
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Everything you need to know about Lyme disease
Lyme Disease symtoms
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
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Early detection of Lyme disease
Diagnosing Lyme disease can be extremely difficult because many of its symptoms are similar to other diseases. It induces immunosuppression and false-negative results from standard blood tests are common. At Biosalud we have the most advanced tests for the specific detection of Lyme disease which, together with an additional round of tests, help us determine the patient’s precise condition and identify any Lyme-associated co-infections.
Early detection of the disease is extremely important; without proper treatment, Lyme can turn into a chronic disease, progressively damaging the body and preventing patients from leading a normal life. Lyme disease can also be highly aggressive, requiring complex, personalized treatment that applies the right treatment for each individual in order to have the best options for getting their health back.
Experts refer to this disease as “the great imitator” because it can mimic many other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment
Symptoms of Lyme disease
The symptoms of Lyme disease vary in terms of both type and intensity. There are two main groups that can sometimes overlap in the same patient: symptoms that affect the locomotor system (inflammation and/or pain in one or several joints, muscular pains, and fatigue), and those that affect the neurological system (numbness, poor motor coordination, sensitivity to light, and even psychiatric issues).
Lyme disease diagnosis
The American ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) states that only 50% of patients diagnosed with Lyme disease remember being bitten by a tick. The first sign may be a reddish skin rash (Erythema migrans, also called a bull’s-eye rash), arthritis, and extreme tiredness. At Biosalud we perform an exclusive analysis, LymeCHECK, to diagnose Lyme disease as well as identify the bacterium that caused the disease and any Lyme-associated infection.
Lyme disease treatment
Biosalud’s medical director is ILADS accredited, one of the few experts in Spain with this specialized training. The personalized treatment of Lyme disease is complex due to the immune deficiency and accumulation of neurotoxins that it causes. Conventional treatments with antibiotics are often combined with treatments based on biological medicine, such as molecular hyperthermia, oxythermia, and body hyperthermia.
The expert on Lyme disease answers your questions
If I get bitten by a tick, does it mean that I Lyme disease?
Fortunately, not all ticks are infected by Borrelia burgdorferi, which means that bites do not necessarily mean a positive diagnosis for Lyme disease. However, if you have been bitten by a tick, contact us for a preventive treatment that will prevent chronic Lyme disease from developing.
What symptoms will I have if I’m infected with Lyme disease from a tick bite?
In many cases you will see Erythema migrans, that is, a rash on the skin around the bite in the shape of a bull’s-eye.
You might also have symptoms similar to prolonged flu (muscle aches, stiff neck, headache, etc.), sudden extreme fatigue, and arthritis in one or several joints.
Will I ever get symptoms again if I’m treated for Lyme disease?
If you get treatment immediately after becoming infected it will be very difficult for the disease to progress and you should not develop chronic Lyme disease as a result. If you already have chronic Lyme disease, there may be a recurrence of symptoms when the patient has an immune deficiency, even if all the symptoms have been treated before.
Can Lyme disease be treated without antibiotics?
Each case is unique. At Biosalud we have treatment protocols with antibiotics that we supplement with biological medicine, others where we use only natural anti-infective treatments, and others in which we combine both protocols. It all depends on the specific characteristics of each case, test results, and the patient’s evolution. No two cases are the same and we always offer patients an entirely personalized treatment.
Is Lyme disease deadly?
Lyme patients live with the stress and worry about the symptoms of the disease itself as well as its associated diseases. Lyme disease does not pose a short-term risk to the patient’s life, but it can cause severe damage that makes day-to-day life difficult. Nor can we say that it is a deadly disease, but it is associated with other health issues that can be aggravated by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. As we always say, early detection of the disease, by specialists, is the most effective treatment.