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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 fevers that hit hard or unexplained high fevers
  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  Headaches, Migraine/Tension

Organ Health

  Vertigo

Skin-Hair-Nails

  Night Sweats
 
 

Babesiosis can lead to:
 
 
Infections  Lyme Disease

Organ Health

  Vertigo

Skin-Hair-Nails

  Night Sweats
 
 

Babesiosis could instead be:
 
 
Infections  Lyme Disease
 
 

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.
 
 


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