Potential Treatment for Lyme Disease Kills Bacteria That May Cause Lingering Symptoms, Study Finds

Article Link: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/potential-treatment-for-lyme-disease-kills-bacteria-causing-lingering-symptoms/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

For decades, the routine treatment for Lyme disease has been standard antibiotics, which usually kill off the infection. But for up to 20% of people with the tick-borne illness, the antibiotics don’t work, and lingering symptoms of muscle pain, fatigue and cognitive impairment can continue for years—sometimes indefinitely. A new Stanford Medicine study in lab dishes and mice provides evidence that the drug azlocillin completely kills off the disease-causing bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi at the onset of the illness. The study suggests it could also be effective for treating patients infected with drug-tolerant bacteria that may cause lingering symptoms.