What are the consequences of untreated Lyme disease?
Early diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease is effective in most cases.
A New York Times article (March 7, 2013) provided the following information about untreated Lyme disease, “Prompt treatment with antibiotics is very effective in curing Lyme disease in nearly all infected people, including children. However, untreated Lyme disease can lead to complications.”
People at highest risk for persistent symptoms are those who go the longest before treatment. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread. The infection may affect almost any part of the body and cause the following complications:
- Severe arthritis
- Persistent fatigue
- Mood disturbances and loss of concentration
- Neuropathy (numbness, tingling, or other odds sensations in the hands, arms, feet or legs)
- Life-threatening disorders affecting the heart, lungs, or nervous system can occur, but are very rare.”
“About 60% of untreated patients develop arthritis, which usually affects a knee or other large joint.
About 10 – 20% of patients develop neurological or heart problems. Persistent neurological symptoms include headache, attention and memory problems, and depression. Patients may also experience pain or tingling in legs or arms, numbness, or facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy). Neurologic symptoms generally resolve and improve within a year. The main heart complications are electrical conduction problems caused by the infection, which can result in an abnormally slow heart rate”
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