Wednesday, May 25, 2011
0 Daily Kos Posting Tomorrow At 6:30 PM EST
Tags: antibiotics, article, camp other, controversy, forum, lyme disease, media, modern medicine, persistence, post lyme, social networks, treatment
That is: 12:30 HST, 3:30 PM PST, 22.30 UTC (GMT)
The topic for this Daily Kos posting is going to be Long Term Antibiotic Treatment and asks why this is considered a controversial treatment for persisting symptoms of chronic Lyme disease as well as its named counterpart, Post-Lyme Disease Syndrome.
Check it out tomorrow at the below link - and comment there if you have a Daily Kos account:
As an extended side note, there will be discussion on the long term use of antibiotics to treat acne - and related to this, I really find this dialog on a Medscape transcript for a medical education credit class, "Long-term Oral Antibiotics for Acne: Focus on Safety (Slides With Transcript)" to be interesting and totally apropos to tomorrow's post:
Dr. Eichenfield: Yeah, and many times in practice I actually have the discussion with the patient where I've said, "Look, we don't want you on long-term antibiotics if we can help it. You're doing great." We have a decision to make here, and it's really a binary decision. Try to get them off the oral antibiotic at that time substituting topical or rolling it on a few more months. Depending upon how severe their disease was previously, I wouldn't mind another 2 or 3 months on balance in taking care of that patient.
Dr. Thiboutot: I think you really have to go by what their disease is telling you. That's absolutely important.
See the entire transcript and thumbnails from the slideshow at:
It's definitely food for thought when thinking about approaching the treatment of persisting symptoms of Lyme disease from different angles.