Bitten by a Tick?
Top 10 Lyme Unknowns
The following were voted the top 10 out of the long list of confirmed uncertainties in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. See the JLA Process for how these were determined.
What is the best treatment for children and adults presenting with a) early Lyme disease without neurological involvement and not including erythema migrans and b) late Lyme disease of any manifestation? To include consideration of drug(s), dose, duration.
What key questions (clinical and epidemiological) should be considered to help make a diagnosis of Lyme disease in children and adults in the UK and would a weighting table be useful?
How effective are the current UK tests in detecting infections due to the genospecies and strains of B burgdorferi sl in the UK and which single test and what combination of tests performs best in diagnosing or ruling out active Lyme disease. Should stage of the disease and patient age be taken into account when interpreting these tests?
What are the outcomes of cases where long term treatment has been used?
What is the optimal course of action if symptoms relapse after a treatment course is finished?
What is the optimal course of action if symptoms persist after initial treatment: should antibiotic treatment be continued until all symptoms have resolved or should a different dose or different antibiotic be used and what is the course of action if treatment appears to fail completely?
Are continuing symptoms following conventional recommended treatment due to continued infection, or an immune response or other process?
How common is relapse and treatment failure and is it related to disease stage, gender, co-infections or any other factor?
Are there long-term consequences if treatment is delayed?
Can Lyme be transmitted via other means: person to person sexually, transplacentally or by breast feeding; through organ donation; through blood transfusion?
The Lyme rash
The rash is red, roughly circular and spreading outwards.
It is called erythema migrans (EM):¬†erythema¬†for red and¬†migrans¬†for spreading.
It may clear in the middle as it gets bigger. It is not normally itchy, hot or scaly.
See our¬†rashes page¬†for other images.
To help your doctor to take the possibility of Lyme disease seriously, see our page Resources / For the public. This has information expelling some myths and also links to official documents that will help.
What we do
Lyme Disease Action exists to address the current lack of awareness of Lyme disease.¬† Emails to our Patient Support email address shows that awareness of Lyme disease is low amongst clinicians in the UK as well as the public at large. See what we have been doing recently.
Our activity is focussed on
- producing resources for people to use and to pass on;
- stimulating the increase and spread of knowledge about Lyme disease and tick borne diseases generally.
Our well researched leaflets and posters can all be downloaded free of charge and we can provide larger quantities of printed leaflets on request.
Past LDA Conferences have provided an educational opportunity for clinicians and a resource for patients and carers. See the LDA conferences page for details of our next conference.
LDA is also attending medical conferences and exhibitions as an opportunity to take information directly to doctors.
Our quarterly newsletters keep everyone informed of what is happening.