Such mislabeling may have particularly detrimental effects on the Lyme disease
patient, as a delay in diagnosis and treatment may result in a curable acute infection becoming a chronic, treatment-refractory illness," writes Brian Fallon, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian, in a recent issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
A recent review article recommends serologic testing for patients with a moderate pretest probability (ie, patients with objective signs of Lyme disease
from a highly or moderately endemic area).
For reporting Lyme disease
to public health authorities, health care providers should follow infectious disease testing recommendations and reporting guidelines set forth by state health departments and only submit reports for cases that have complete and positive test results and associated clinical information.
can often be treated effectively if it's detected early on.
It is a story told to raise awareness about Lyme disease
and how to reclaim life after the impact of such a diagnosis.
In March, scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, predicted 2017 would be risky for the Northeast in relation to the Lyme disease
Beyond Antibiotics: Alternative Approaches to Lyme Disease
Fear of Lyme disease
is keeping people indoors, but with precautions, they can still enjoy outdoor activities.
But Lyme disease
can mimic cardiac, neurological, chest, kidney and liver disease and lead even the best doctors up the wrong path.
Learning about the symptoms of Lyme disease
is essential because the earlier treatment begins, the better the chances are of minimizing the negative impact of the disease;' says Dr.
Early reports of Lyme disease
have established the association between increased risk of disease and residence in forested areas which function as habitats for both vector and host.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conservatively estimates that more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease
in the United States every year.