Babesiosis

Babesiosis (buh-BEE-zee-oh-sis) andehrlichiosis cases are stilll far outpaced by Lyme disease. Physicians who are current on tick-borne illnesses find a percentage of their Lyme patients are co-infected. Andrea Gaito, a rheumatologist from Basking Ridge and president of the International Lyme Society, said 13% of her Lyme patients are also infected with babesiosis or ehrlichiosis. She described one patient she saw recently: “This patient’s Lyme test came back positive. She was being treated by a physical therapist who said to her, ‘Something’s wrong. You should be getting better.’ She came to me and I tested her. It turns out her Ehrlichia levels were off the wall.”

All three diseases are carried predominately by the deer tick and have similar symptoms, but they attack the body in different ways and require different treatments. Lyme is caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria called spirochetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says long term complications can include arthritis, numbness and pain. It is distinguished by the characteristic bull’s eye rash and treated with antibiotics. Babesiosis is actually a parasitic organism. Infected blood can be mistaken for malaria. Patients may suffer from an enlarged spleen, said Philip Paparone, an infectious disease physician and Lyme expert in Atlantic County. Babesiosis patients may also be anemic, and can experience severe night sweats. Antiparasitic drugs, such as quinine, are used to treat the disease. Debate exists over whether the disease carries long term symptoms, such as muscle aches and fatigue. Some doctors say blood smears examined under a microscope do not always detect babesiosis, and so more sophisticated tests are necessary. The disease can also be transmitted through blood transfusions.

 


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Babesiosis

Symptoms - Cardiovascular  

Heart racing/palpitations



Symptoms - General  

Constant fatigue



Symptoms - Metabolic  

Unexplained high fevers or unexplained fevers that hit hard



 

Having a slight/having a moderate/having a high fever



 

Frequent/occassional 'chills' or having chills from an illness



Symptoms - Respiratory  

Radiating/deep chest pain or chest wall pain



 

Air hunger or sudden shortness of breath




Conditions that suggest Babesiosis

Metabolic  


Organ Health  


Skin-Hair-Nails  



Babesiosis can lead to

Infections  


Organ Health  


Skin-Hair-Nails  



Babesiosis could instead be

Infections  



Recommendations for Babesiosis

Botanical  

Wormwood

Some physicians have reported good results from treating Lyme disease with artemisinin. These are experimental or untested applications of the product.



Drug  

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are very effective, including Clindamycin, Zithromax, and Quinine being a good alternative. Clindamycin is active against organisms such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Babesia, and Pneumocystis spp.



Key

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
May do some good
Highly recommended

Glossary

Bacteria

Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.

Arthritis

Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. It occurs in various forms, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, is characterized by a gradual loss of cartilage and often an overgrowth of bone at the joints.

Antiparasitic

Destructive to parasites.

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