It has been observed that in about 10% to 15% of people who are in the early stages of Lyme disease and a substance released from the dying bacteria can cause a brief worsening of symptoms.
It should be noted that reactions occur within 24 hours of starting antibiotics, which can last a day or more, and then subside. However, if such a reaction occurs, antibiotic treatment should not be stopped and should be carried out as directed by your doctor.
Taking oral antibiotics – small doses and big effects
Oral antibiotics are recognized as the standard treatment for the early stages of Lyme disease. Dosage includes:
• For adults and children over 10 years – doxycycline (consult your doctor first).
• For adults, young children, and pregnant or nursing women – amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil (consult your doctor first).
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These medicines are very effective and will eliminate disease and prevent future complications. The duration of the prescribed course is about 14 to 21 days of antibiotics.
Keep in mind that if you live in a grassy, dense, wooded area or spend a lot of time growing ticks, your chances of getting Lyme disease are high.
Therefore, it is important to avoid potential risks in areas where tick-borne Lyme bacteria appear dominant.