Diagnose and treat borreliosis safely
Chronic diseases present a major challenge in both diagnostics and therapeutics at every stage. Fresh, acute bacterial infections can often be treated with antibiotics very well. In chronic Lyme borreliosis, which is transmitted predominantly by ticks (tick bites), long-term treatment with antibiotics is usually necessary. This can be done either by oral or by intravenous infusion. For infusion therapies, our therapy area is available in a relaxed atmosphere.
After an anamnesis interview, where possible transmission paths (ticks) are included, and the diagnosis of the symptoms shall be made diagnosis on suspicion. Then the analysis is carried out with our AK-18Save Borreliose test and it can be determined with a more than 90% certainly whether the patient is serologically positive or negative. Borrelia have a "camouflage mechanism" and are therefore difficult to diagnose. With our AK-18Save Borreliosis test you can make a reliable diagnosis even after years in an advanced, chronic stage of Lyme borreliosis. Due to the two different measuring techniques, it has a particularly high specificity and sensitivity.
The patient was positively tested for borreliosis. What can you do?
If the patient is tested negatively, it is advisable to determine the reason for the symptoms and to test for co-infections . If the patient receives a positive diagnosis, it is possible to create a therapy plan for the patient. The therapy can be done by oral or by an infusion therapy.
At present, no major studies are known which suggest a uniform antibiotic therapy. The schemes of Prof. Dr. F. Schardt, Würzburg and Dr. W. Kleemann, Pforzheim are listed exemplarily, according to which we build our antibiotic plans dependent upon the diagnostic and clinical situation.
We will be happy to advise you on the preparation of your therapy plans!
Frequently asked questions about Borreliosis therapy
How stable is the immune system?
In patients with borreliosis, we often see dysfunctions of the immune system. The use of micronutrients, vitamins and trace elements can be useful for strengthening the immune system during antibiosis.
How often do laboratory checks take place?
In the first 4 weeks of an antibiotic therapy, laboratory controls are performed weekly, then every 2-3 weeks: small blood count GPT, GOT (liver) lipase (pancreas.) creatinine (kidney), Quick (coagulation).
After detecting the infection, we treat the cause to alleviate the symptoms. A complete cure is often not achievable.
What should I bear in mind regarding antibiotic therapy?
Should patients who tested positive without positive results without clinical symptoms be treated? As a rule: "We do not treat any laboratory findings but only the disease".
In Lyme borreliosis the following quotation from Luc Montagnier applies:
"There may be a long period of time (years) after infection, during which the patient shows no symptoms and is apparently healthy; Stage of latency. But then, suddenly, the disease breaks out with its multisymptomatic complaints neuroborreliosis, arthritis, burn-out). It is therefore necessary to be treated during the latent period of illness. "From an interview by T. Taddonio, science journalist.
What are possible side effects and what is the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction?
It is an immunological reaction of the organism to the therapy of infectious diseases with antibiotics. The massive disintegration of large quantities of bacteria after initiation of antibiotic therapy leads to the release of bacterial endotoxins, which in turn release inflammation-promoting substances. The symptoms are:
- Pain in the joints and muscles,
- Occasionally also nausea.
The pain can extend over several days and weeks before they disappear again.
Do antibiotics harm the intestinal flora?
Yes. The use of probiotics is recommended for the protection or restoration of the intestinal flora. Probiotics are living microorganisms that enter the intestine in sufficient form and cause a favorable influence or restoration of the intestinal flora. The dose should be taken 2-3 hours before the antibiotics are taken so that the germs are not killed immediately.
Antibiotic therapy and no recognizable improvement in symptoms?
In more than 60% of all bacterial infectious diseases, the pathogens form biofilms, which protect them from attack by the immune system. The hematologist D. Berg has developed the "ISAC" protocol to recognize a biofilm. (ISAC: Immune System Activation of Coagulation). When a biofilm is detected, he recommends the use of lumbrokinase for removal. The new formation of a biofilm during the therapy is prevented eg. by low molecular weight heparin.
The Dedimed Europarc Laboratory carries out the biofilm testing, which we recommend before any lengthy antibiosis.
What are possible complications?
In the course of an antibiotic therapy, a fungal infection (mycosis) can occur as a complication. Commonly, Candida albicans (yeast fungus) is the cause. In the case of corresponding symptoms, the suspicion can be checked by a smear test of the affected body region as well as by the serological detection of antibodies against Candida albicans and Candida antigen. For therapy, fluconazole can be used locally or systemically.
In a small proportion of patients, the antibiosis does not lead to any perceptible improvement in the symptoms even after several weeks. On the one hand, this can be due to the above-described formation of a biofilm or else to an autoimmune reaction. A small group of affected persons has a considerably increased risk of developing an autoimmune reaction caused by Borrelia due to a change in the genetic material. A further group of affected persons can not form any or only very few antibodies against borrelia due to a change in the genetics. These changes can be demonstrated in the laboratory. In case of ineffective antibiosis, a laboratory check should be carried out on toxic heavy metals, and the formation of antibodies. Monitoring the defense cells by the differentiation of the lymphocytes is likewise advised.
All laboratory parameters on this subject can be obtained from the Dedimed Europarc Laboratory.