Quick Guide To Lyme Co-Infections

From: California Lyme Disease Association (CALDA)

Co-Infection Introduction

Scientists recognize more than a dozen tickborne diseases in the United States and new ones are still being discovered. One tick may carry more than one disease, so sometimes people get more than one co-infection from the bite of a single tick. The symptoms of these coinfections are often nonspecific – such as fever and headache – which makes diagnosis difficult. And the treatments may be different. Doxycycline, for example, works for Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, but is not effective for babesiosis.

Experienced doctors may be able to distinguish each of the tick-borne coinfections and order appropriate tests and treatment. Sometimes they start to suspect a coinfection when the patient doesn’t respond well to treatment and it becomes obvious that something else is causing the symptoms. Coinfection generally results in more severe illness, more symptoms, and a longer recovery.

Common Co-infections

Babesia overview

Ehrlichia overview

Bartonella overview

Other Common Co-infections’ overview

Click here for a cool Lyme and Co-infections Fact Chart

* Nematodes (microfilial worms) are another growing threat found in some ticks throughout the world.

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2 comments for “Quick Guide To Lyme Co-Infections

  1. Anna
    July 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I have had weird symptoms since 1980 where I was first diagnosed with meningitis as a student nurse. I had just taken care of a patient with meningitis. Since then I gave had about 6 episodes. They gave tested me from A-Z. The last episode they tested me for herpes meningitis. I saw the lab test and it was negative. They treated me with a PICC line for 3 weeks with IV meds. No follow up needed they said. Hmmm. I went to the ER and they sent me home. A day iron so later they calked back from the ER and told me I should never have been sent home and to come back ASAP or they would call an ambulance for me due to critical lab values. I was then admitted to the ICU.
    I have had persistent fatigue and bouts of dullness mentally. I can’t have that as I am an RN. I have recently had stomach flu like symptoms with no explanation. I have days where my arms and legs just don’t work right. It is frustrating. I don’t go to the doctor allot but am thinking something is just not right. Does this sound anything like Lymes? Please advise ASAP. Thank you.

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