Dr. Sankar Swaminathan is going by the IDSA guidelines, which have been called
into question. Anyone seeking Lyme disease information and treatment should be
aware of the guidelines outlined by ILADS, NOT THE IDSA. Any physician not using
clinical observations and strictly using tests to diagnose Lyme disease is doing
an extreme disservice to their patients. Why be so surprised to hear that Lyme
disease is in Utah? It's only a matter of time before Lyme disease will be as
prevalent here as it is along the coasts. (NEW YORK resident for 15 years and a
witness to the epidemic.)
'Despite data, Lyme disease sufferers say infection has arrived in Utah' -
title Oh, good. We can add it to the worst air quality
in the nation... and the depleted uranium.
My son also got bit at boys camp and his symptoms were text book - thank
heavens. He had the bulls eye rash that shocks me anyone would dismiss as this
article states. He was very ill but because we caught it quickly a strong and
long round of antibiotics cured the problem. Surprisingly his blood work showed
a positive for Lyme Disease which isn't always the case for people as there is
only a small window in showing a positive even if that is what a person has. I
hope that a treatment can be found as I know how debilitating it can be.
Does this make Utah a Super Star State now?
Beware of the chiropractors and naturopaths who are treating this with
"ozone therapy". A lot of people are spending their life savings for
something that is not proven effective on a diagnosis that is unsure.
Ticks can be carried impressive distances on the bodies of birds. So, even
though Utah is far from areas where Lyme disease is normally expected, it can be
possible to acquire this infection there. Symptoms often ascribed to Lyme
disease also manifest from many other infections and conditions. Hence, testing
is critical. Readers should note that finding and promptly removing ticks (from
a person or pet) can dramatically reduce risk of infection. Once the tick has
been removed, have it identified. Only certain kinds of ticks can transmit the
agent of Lyme disease. Other ticks may transmit other infections. The longer
the tick is attached, the greater the risk of infection. Educational
information about ticks, and help with identification can be found online from