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Herxheimer reaction in a 13-year-old boy with Lyme disease

A Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR), also referred to as a Herxheimer reaction, was first described after initiating treatment for syphilis. This reaction is associated with the onset of new symptoms or a worsening of existing symptoms in patients receiving antibiotic treatment. The Herxheimer reaction has also been described in patients treated for leptospirosis, relapsing fever, and Lyme disease.

Case report: ALS or Lyme disease?


9 ways COVID-19 and Lyme disease can look alike

COVID-19 and Lyme disease are two different diseases. Yet, COVID-19 and Lyme disease can look alike. There are 9 symptoms of COVID-19 that are also seen in Lyme disease.

Lyme disease mimics cellulitis skin infection

Lyme disease can mimic acute and chronic illness. In their article “Lyme Disease Mimics Postoperative Cellulitis,” the authors describe a patient who developed an abdominal rash, which was initially diagnosed as cellulitis, six days after a laparoscopic left salpingo-oophorectomy surgery. [1]

Should Lyme disease patients with an impaired immune system get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted mRNA COVID-19 vaccination considerations for people who have a weakened immune system. “People with HIV and those with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medication might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19.” [1] Individuals with Lyme disease, who may have a weakened immune system, have expressed concern over the vaccine.

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Can you have Lyme disease and not know it?

Ask the Lyme Doc series explores some of the most commonly asked questions about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Individuals can have Lyme disease and not know it for years, mistakenly attributing their symptoms to other illnesses or being misdiagnosed. This edition explores the question: How long can you have Lyme disease without knowing it?

Breast cancer patient develops Lyme disease


Podcast: Severe neuropathic pain due to Lyme disease

Hello, and welcome to another Inside Lyme Podcast. I am your host Dr. Daniel Cameron. In this episode, I will be discussing the case of a 36-year-old man with severe neuropathic pain due to Lyme disease. By Dr. Daniel Cameron I first read about this case in the journal Neuromodulation by Karri and colleagues. A 36-year-old man suffered with a chronic pain syndrome associated with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). [1] PTLDS is a complication of Lyme disease. Individuals with PTLDS remain ill with pain, cognitive impairment, and fatigue and find it difficult to function. The patient described severe neuropathic pain in both ...

Geriatric Babesia cases are rising and may require longer treatment

The number of Babesia cases among the elderly in the U.S. appears to be growing. According to a study by Menis and colleagues, published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 19,469 Medicare beneficiaries had a Babesia diagnosis recorded between 2006 – 2017, with the highest rates occurring in babesiosis-endemic states. [1]