Long-term Lyme disease, also known as chronic Lyme disease, is a controversial condition that is not widely recognized by mainstream medical organizations. However, many patients report symptoms that persist beyond the standard course of antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease, and some alternative medical practitioners diagnose and treat chronic Lyme disease.
There is no consensus among medical professionals regarding the most effective treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Some practitioners prescribe long-term antibiotics or other medications, while others recommend a combination of antibiotics and natural remedies.
It’s important to note that there is limited scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of these treatments for chronic Lyme disease. The Infectious Diseases Society of America and other medical organizations do not endorse the use of long-term antibiotics for the treatment of chronic Lyme disease, citing potential risks of antibiotic resistance and other adverse effects.
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms after being treated for Lyme disease, it’s important to consult with a qualified medical professional who can help determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.