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Unfortunately, you have stumbled upon what is turning into a raging debate. On the one hand is the established group that feels Lyme disease is readily detectable from symptoms and blood tests, and can be treated with short-term antibiotics. On the other hand is the group that feels many, many, many symptoms are the result of Lyme disease, and that it should be treated with months or years of antibiotics.

You mention that the last dr. you saw is not an LLMD. There is no requirement for a doctor to call himself or herself an LLMD; it just means he or she considers that Lyme can be a long-term, chronic infection and is willing to prescribe long-term antibiotics. If you sought out the doctor in Maine, I am willing to bet she considers herself an LLMD. And almost all the LLMDs will use Igenex. They will tell you, and you will read on the internet, that Igenex is the best lab for lyme testing, and they can produce false negatives, but never false positives. I do not believe this true; in my case and several cases I have read about, I believe they produced false positives. Also, (if it is the same test), I have read that their urine test is not reliable at all.

Now, I'm not a doctor and don't know much about antibiotics, but Zithromax is usually prescribed for sinus infections. Usually, the standard first line treatment is doxycycline. Zithro seems relatively benign, and probably wouldn't have any side effects. Usually, the LLMDs like to prescribe combinations of antibiotics, and this can cause problems. But, then again, your daughter is only 8. My advice is, if you have a general practioner that you trust and feel comfortable with, seek out his or her advice. You are right not to blindly give your daughter medication.

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