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The same antibitoics used for Lyme are good for Ehrichliosis, Babesiosis is a parasitic infection like malaira--and requires different treatment (such as Mepron/Zithromax). Bartonella requires Levaquin. Other treatment combinations are better for different co-infections as well...you have to be tested. LYME treatment is INEFFECTIVE if all co-infections are not under-control/eradicated first!
Hi Kim. It is [I]very[/I] important to be tested for the co-infections: Babesiosis, both types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected.

Some of the symptoms of Lyme and the co-infections can overlap.

Babesiosis is a malaria-like protozoa illness that invades, infects, and kills the red blood cells. Symptoms include fatigue, night sweats, chills, fever, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, headache, dark urine, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, and jaundice. Treatment is an anti-malarial combined with an antibiotic--often Mepron with Zithromax (or Biaxin or Ketek).

Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection that invades and infects the white blood cells. There are two types of Ehrlichiosis: Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (HME) and Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE). Symptoms include malaise, fever, sweating, nausea, dry cough, headache, anemia, muscle aches and pain. Treatment is most often Doxycycline.

Bartonella also known as cat-scratch fever is a bacterial infection. Symptoms include swollen, painful lymph nodes, muscle and/or joint pain, nausea, vomiting, chills, anxiety, insomnia, red rashes that resemble stretch marks. Treatment is often Levaquin or Rifampin.

Mycoplasma is a bacterial infection. Symptoms include fatigue, breathing problems, headache, muscle pain and soreness, nausea, lymph node pain, and cognitive problems. Treatment is usually Doxycycline, Minocycline, Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, or Ciprofloxacin.

For more information on the co-infections, check out "Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses and the book Everything You Need To know About Lyme Disease (2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.





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