Sampling at Infection Site
After Antibiotic Treatment
Research and extensive clinical experience shows Lyme is not killed with 1-2 months of antibiotics. Some writers refuse to accept this reality. They do not accept treatment failures. Below is a very interesting and creative study, showing Lyme persistence in the site of initial infection.
Researchers took tissue samples before and after antibiotic treatments. The tissue samples were from a special location. The tissue samples came from literal bulls-eye rashes from five Lyme patients. This rash is not found in most Lyme patients, but is a sign of clear Lyme if present.
The five "before" and five "after" samples were extensively analyzed.
The results showed that four out of five of the infectious Borrelia species found initially in the rash, were still present after antibiotics. They were not dead. Also, one person had a different Borrelia species found after antibiotics, than was found initially. I offer no explanation for this different Borrelia species.
The bottom line: no major changes in the bacteria's presence and viability.
The spirochetes stayed alive!
They were able to beat and persist at the literal site of infection, despite antibiotic treatment over an extended time. The study shows the need for clinicians to realize that many Lyme bacteria can have resistance to common antibiotics. In other words, some antibiotics do not hurt the bacteria.
For the full study please read:
Klaus-Peter Hunfeld, Eva Ruzic-Sabljic, Douglas E. Norris, Peter Kraiczy, and Franc Strle. In Vitro Susceptibility Testing of Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato Isolates Cultured from Patients with Erythema Migrans before and after Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 2005, 49:1294-1301