Lyme Disease Treatment
Lyme Disease Treatment in Philadelphia, PA
People who develop symptoms similar to the flu after spending time in the woods may be feeling the onset of Lyme disease. In Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, a board-certified physician, offers Lyme disease treatments to those who suffer from this debilitating illness.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an illness spread by the deer tick. It was named Lyme disease in 1975 when children living in Lyme, Connecticut played in woods and suddenly became ill with pains, aches, fevers and an all over feeling of illness. After extensive research and observation, scientists realized that the symptoms seemed to be more dominant during the summer months. Deer ticks are the carrier of Lyme disease.
The symptoms of Lyme disease vary, although most patients report similar symptoms. At the start, a rash appears starting out with a small red spot that takes an oval, circular or triangular shape. For some patients, the rash is small while others have a rash that covers larger areas. Other symptoms arise that mimic the flu and include:
- Body aches
- Swollen joints
- Temporary paralysis with facial muscles
- Numbness or weakness with the limbs
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
It is important to note that only about 25 percent of those with Lyme only get flu-like symptoms, which is one reason why Lyme disease is so often mistaken for the flu in the early stages. Additionally, they may not ever get a rash, as it is not a standard symptom with all people.
How is Lyme Disease Treated?
If Lyme disease is caught early, some physicians may attempt to treat it with prescription antibiotics for several weeks; however, because it is difficult to determine exactly when the disease is contracted, it is hard to know how long to prescribe the treatment.
For many sufferers of Lyme disease, it is often hard to diagnose and, as the symptoms progress, it becomes much harder to treat. Therefore, treatment plans are often customized based on the symptoms and their severity, as well as each patient’s response to the treatment.
At World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Lebowitz works with patients suffering from Lyme disease to tailor treatment plans that offer more integrative approaches to enable patients to be active participants in their treatments. Research shows that no single approach seems to eradicate the disease from the system, which is why integrative medicine seems to be an excellent approach to treating Lyme. As with many illnesses and chronic conditions, it is about achieving balance within the body to help the body fight the conditions and knowing when to introduce more conventional medicine (prescription medication). Dr. Lebowitz helps patients understand the pros and cons of each treatment, which is the best way for patients to make decisions on the best course of action that fits their needs and circumstances.
Benefits of Lyme Disease Treatments
Treating Lyme with using integrative medicine or another alternative approach offers the following benefits:
- Destroys pathogens that cause Lyme
- Boosts immunity to fight the illness
- Supports organs affected by Lyme
- Provides relief from the symptoms caused by Lyme
Lyme Disease Treatment Recovery
There is no defined recovery from Lyme disease as each sufferer’s symptoms are different as are the stages at which the disease is diagnosed and the course of treatment options used to fight the infection. If Lyme disease becomes a chronic condition, other co-infections may exist requiring more treatment. Even when the symptoms seem to have disappeared, it is important to see Dr. Lebowitz on a regular basis to ensure no other issues are present as a result of the Lyme disease.
How Much Does Lyme Disease Treatment Cost?
The cost for Lyme disease treatment varies with each patient depending on the stage of the infection, what treatments are used to fight it and whether any co-infections exist as a result of Lyme. During your consultation with Dr. Lebowitz, he can discuss the cost with you, as well as payment options, including financing through CareCredit®. If traditional therapies are utilized (prescription drugs, etc.) we can help you determine if your insurance company provides coverage for those therapies.
Is Lyme Disease Treatment Right for Me?
If you show the signs of Lyme and have spent time in wooded areas where ticks are present, you may have Lyme disease. Once diagnosed, Lyme disease treatment is imperative to eliminate the infection, as well as ease the effects of the symptoms.
Lyme Disease Treatment Consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Lebowitz, he evaluates your symptoms and talks with you at great length about your medical history and overall health prior to the onset of these symptoms. Additionally, he wants to know if you’ve been in an area where ticks are present and how soon after the symptoms presented themselves. The goal is to estimate how long Lyme may have been in your system. Once Lyme disease is confirmed, he explains all of your options and works with you to determine the best course of action to treat the infection and its symptoms.
At World Wellness Health Institute, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz customizes treatment plans for people living in Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia and the surrounding communities who suffer from Lyme disease to help them ease the intensity of the symptoms and eliminate the infection. Contact us today!
*Individual results may vary