Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975 in a town, named old Lyme in Connecticut. Now the disease in noticed worldwide. Most of the Lyme disease cases are observed through transmission of spirochete Borrelia bacteria, such as Borrelia burgdorferi through bite of deer ticks or western back legged ticks. Ticks are tiny, blood sucking ectoparasites which vary in color and size. Tick bite can be recognized only as a lump with a small scab on the skin surface. Incubation period of lyme disease is around two weeks. Though the early symptoms are not observed in several cases, the typical skin rash of the disease can be seen. This skin rash should be taken seriously and consulted with the doctor, to avoid further complications. Lyme disease can also be fatal, which affects vital organs of the body, such as brain and heart. Lyme disease diagnosis shall be done using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test, Western Blot test and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Lyme disease treatment: As lyme is a bacterial disease, it can be cured with antibiotics. Lyme can be treated within a few weeks in early stages of the disease. But the treatment gets complex when the bacterium starts infecting the organs of the host. The antibiotics in this case should be recommended with high caution, after studying the specific stage of the infection and the organs which have got infected. Alternative treatments of Lyme disease Cats claw plant: Herbal medicine extracted from the inner back of cats claw plant has properties of antimicrobial therapeutic agent. It is believed to remove Borrelia organisms from the body and to treat the neuropathic disorders associated with lyme disease. Treatment with cats claw plant medicine is most effective when administering with digestive enzymes. Garlic: Garlic is considered as universal antibiotic. The intake of garlic improves the immune system and found to treat lyme disease by acting against the Borrelia bacteria. Foods rich in Probiotics: Foods such as yogurt and kefir that are rich in antibiotics protects the digestive system for the consumed antibiotics. Foods rich in Vitamin C: Foods such as citrus fruits, red pepper, guava, papaya that are rich in Vitamin C can help in treating the flu-like symptoms of lyme disease. Homeopathy: Homeopathic medicines composition and concentration vary depends on the stage of the lyme disease. Homeopathic medicines made of Propolis formula, Lomatium formula and Waltheria formula shall be administered during stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3 of lyme disease respectively. Certain homeopathic medicines can be used along with antibiotics, but with the prescription of medical professional.
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