Will Lyme Disease Go Away on its Own?
When you suspect you’ve been bitten by a tick, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Constantine Kotsanis at the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause memory loss, nerve damage, inflammation around the heart, chronic inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and other serious and long-term heart issues. The good news is that Lyme disease is also very treatable, especially when symptoms are caught early. Dr. Kotsanis can use a series of medications that have been proven to rid the body of the infection successfully.
How is Lyme disease diagnosed and treated?
Lyme disease is diagnosed when someone experiences some of the common signs, including:
Flu-like symptoms, including chills, fever, or muscle pain
Most of the time, these symptoms occur a few days or weeks after a person was bitten by an infected tick. At Kotsanis Institute, we use the Western blot test to look for the presence of Lyme disease antibodies. However, this can take several weeks to detect.
Lyme disease treatments
When you’re diagnosed with Lyme disease early, Dr. Kotsanis prefers to start treatment with antibiotics that can clear the infection and help you feel better fast. This usually cures most people with no lasting negative effects. However, when Lyme disease isn’t diagnosed early, it can require a full month of oral antibodies and, in severe cases, IV antibiotics. He can prescribe a shorter course of antibiotics to those bitten within three days of the appointment, who suspect that the tick was on them for at least 24 hours, and who were in an area where there were a lot of ticks. Some other Lyme disease treatments include:
Insulin potentiation therapy: Special form of antibiotics given to more at-risk patients in our office.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy: UVB is an intravenous therapy that absorbs bacteria or viruses in the blood. A Glutathione or Meyer’s Cocktail may also be given for Lyme disease treatment.
Gut supplements: Dr. Kotsanis can help patients restore the balance in their gut with antifungals, probiotics, enzymes, or nutritional supplements.
Hormones: We can offer treatment to help normalize hormone function.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy: This is used for pain management and to help recharge cells.
Does Lyme disease ever go away on its own?
Some people may be able to clear the infection on their own without treatment, but it isn’t recommended. This is because of the severe complications that can occur when it is left untreated. The infection can hide in the body for a while and then cause problems down the road. This makes it important to schedule an appointment at Kotsanis Institute in Grapevine, TX when you suspect you have a tick bite.
How long does Lyme disease treatment last?
Your Lyme disease symptoms can last from 3 to 30 days after being infected. However, if you’re treated early with antibiotics, you usually feel better within a few weeks. Lingering symptoms, such as joint or muscle pain, and fatigue, can be experienced for months after treatment for some patients. Some patients experience these symptoms for more than six months after they finish their antibiotics, which is known as chronic Lyme disease.
Learn more about Lyme disease treatment
When you suspect you’ve been bitten by a tick, it’s important to seek help from Dr. Constantine Kotsanis at the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine. He has years of experience treating patients that may have been infected by a tick. He understands the seriousness of Lyme disease treatment and is committed to ensuring his patients stay as healthy as possible, even after a tick bite. He can offer diet, nutritional supplements, and other tips to maintain your health after Lyme disease.
Learning how to protect yourself from ticks is important since you can get Lyme disease more than once in your life, so clearing an infection doesn’t make you immune to getting it again. However, Lyme disease is curable, in most cases, so getting effective Lyme disease treatment will help resolve your symptoms.