The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year. Dr. Julio Ramos and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, at Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, practice and make their homes in an area known for tick activity and understand the importance of early testing and treatment for Lyme disease.
If you think you may be suffering from symptoms of Lyme disease, call Ramos Rheumatology to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to people by disease-carrying ticks. You can get infected without even realizing - the bacteria are often carried by tiny immature ticks that are hard to see or feel.
Early symptoms often resemble the flu or general fatigue, so you may not connect the symptoms with a tick bite. About 70-80% of those infected with the bacteria develop a rash, which begins at the bite, then gradually expands. It may develop a bulls-eye appearance, but it can also look like an ordinary rash.
If the infection is left untreated, it spreads and causes symptoms like joint, muscle, and bone pain. In severe cases, Lyme disease leads to nerve pain, an irregular heartbeat, and brain inflammation. Schedule an appointment with the team at Ramos Rheumatology if you have any Lyme disease symptoms to ensure they catch it at an early stage.
Lyme disease is treatable and can be cured in most people, but it’s vital to begin treatment with oral antibiotics as early as possible. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski may prescribe doxycycline, amoxicillin, cefuroxime, or another antibiotic to cure the infection.
They may also recommend supportive therapies that help your body fight the infection and heal more quickly, like intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy to boost your body’s natural healing ability and high doses of vitamin C.
Lyme disease treatment will be the same even if the disease spreads to other parts of your body. Most of the problems caused by Lyme disease, including arthritis, are cured with comprehensive treatment.