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Suggest treatment for recurring Lyme disease and mononucleosis

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: Hi, my daughter got Lyme's disease three years ago, the next year the doctor said that she again had Lyme's and Mono. Both times she was treated. Now this year she again has Mono. She was not given any mediation. Are we going to go through this every Spring?
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Full treatment by physician/ prevent repeat infection.+ resistance

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX,
Thanks for the query through HCM.
Your young daughter is having lymes/ mono infections every year, for last 3 years. Naturally you are concerned about her health. I understand it.
* Lyme disease- Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by tick bites. To start with it has a local circular inflammatory lesion at the site of bite- which subsides over few weeks to days
The disease then slowly progresses to involve skin, joints, heart & nervous system. Amoxicillin, doxycyclin according to treating doctor's choice. A full treatment is to be given to en root the infection & avoid progression of more sever symptoms .
- Another attack with the same skin lesion denotes fresh infection so prevention from tick bite is of main importance.
* Mono infection-It is infectious mononucleosis infection caused by EBV virus, It is carried through saliva. So the disease is called kissing disease.

The treatment with antibiotics/ anti inflammatory drugs, some times cortisone helps early cure..

- In short infectious mononucleosis is a self limiting condition , though prolonged & uncomfortable, it is self limiting, healing earlier with medications.

- Your daughter had it twice - & the only way to have it again is by reinfection.

** Ultimately the conclusion is repeat infections need not occur yearly in your daughter's case.Only thing she has to do is prevent reinfection by -
- Avoiding tick bite ( lymes disease). She has to restrict her out door activities where she is in contact with animal harboring ticks. ( specially dears.)
Or treat home & pets to free them from ticks.
- Avoiding to be in contact with infected saliva ( for Mono)- by avoiding kissing with the person who had mono infection/ practicing good hygiene would help.
- Increasing resistance by-
- Healthy diet( rich in proteins/ vitamin A, E, D ),
- daily exercises,
- healthy habits/ good personal hygiene.
** In short,
- full treatment of both diseases,
- good bodily resistance,
- Periodical check up by doctor
- Prevent reinfection
Are the steps to good health & preventing the infections in future for your daughter.& I am sure she will achieve it .
I hope the answer was informative & useful to you. Any follow up query is welcome. wish your daughter a good health.
Thanks.

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Brief Answer: Full treatment by physician/ prevent repeat infection.+ resistance Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, Thanks for the query through HCM. Your young daughter is having lymes/ mono infections every year, for last 3 years. Naturally you are concerned about her health. I understand it. * Lyme disease- Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by tick bites. To start with it has a local circular inflammatory lesion at the site of bite- which subsides over few weeks to days The disease then slowly progresses to involve skin, joints, heart & nervous system. Amoxicillin, doxycyclin according to treating doctor's choice. A full treatment is to be given to en root the infection & avoid progression of more sever symptoms . - Another attack with the same skin lesion denotes fresh infection so prevention from tick bite is of main importance. * Mono infection-It is infectious mononucleosis infection caused by EBV virus, It is carried through saliva. So the disease is called kissing disease. The treatment with antibiotics/ anti inflammatory drugs, some times cortisone helps early cure.. - In short infectious mononucleosis is a self limiting condition , though prolonged & uncomfortable, it is self limiting, healing earlier with medications. - Your daughter had it twice - & the only way to have it again is by reinfection. ** Ultimately the conclusion is repeat infections need not occur yearly in your daughter's case.Only thing she has to do is prevent reinfection by - - Avoiding tick bite ( lymes disease). She has to restrict her out door activities where she is in contact with animal harboring ticks. ( specially dears.) Or treat home & pets to free them from ticks. - Avoiding to be in contact with infected saliva ( for Mono)- by avoiding kissing with the person who had mono infection/ practicing good hygiene would help. - Increasing resistance by- - Healthy diet( rich in proteins/ vitamin A, E, D ), - daily exercises, - healthy habits/ good personal hygiene. ** In short, - full treatment of both diseases, - good bodily resistance, - Periodical check up by doctor - Prevent reinfection Are the steps to good health & preventing the infections in future for your daughter.& I am sure she will achieve it . I hope the answer was informative & useful to you. Any follow up query is welcome. wish your daughter a good health. Thanks.