Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

How is Lyme disease treated?

Most of the time, Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. If you take antibiotics within two to four weeks of getting bitten by a tick, your medicine should kill the bacteria and get rid of the infection, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Your doctor will tell you how long to take the antibiotics to prevent the spread of Lyme disease to your joints, nervous system and heart.

If your Lyme disease doesn’t get treated until you’ve had it longer and it is at a later stage, it’s likely you’ll have to receive IV antibiotics. You’ll probably have to be given medicine to reduce swelling and ease pain in your joints.

Talk to your doctor for more information about treating Lyme disease.

Learn more:

Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, Oakwood Primary Care, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine