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Lyme survives 28-days of antibiotics

When symptoms persist or return after a course of antibiotics, the usual advice to patients is to seek other treatment because the problem is no longer Lyme disease.

According to some Lyme disease experts, the Lyme bug has long been regarded as a stealth pathogen capable of hiding from the body’s immune system and from antibiotics. 

Tulane University medical researchers recently conducted an extensive study to evaluate the effects of antibiotics on the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease, and the results confirm this perspective.

“The data show that living B. burgdorferi spirochetes were found in ticks that fed upon the primates and in multiple organs after treatment with 28 days of oral doxycycline. The results also indicated that the immune response to the bacteria varied widely in both treated and untreated subjects.”

The study is significant because patients with Lyme are likely to be advised that one 28-day course of doxycycline should be sufficient to cure them of the disease. However, in some people, long-term symptoms persist. 

A one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, as anyone dealing with it discovers, doesn’t always work with Lyme disease.