Lyme Disease Cure vs. Remission

Is there a cure for Lyme disease? The answer to that question has a lot to do with how soon after a tick bite you receive treatment, if you have coinfections, and the length of time your treatment lasted. In the early stages of Lyme disease, it’s possible to make a full recovery. Although a cure is unlikely in the later stages, some people will experience symptom-free remission, while others will contend with a degree of Lyme symptoms, either intermittently or on an ongoing basis. 

So, What is the Difference?

  • Cure: A cure for Lyme disease means your symptoms don’t come back after the course of treatment has ended. Lyme disease treatments such as antibiotics, herbal therapies, and lifestyle changes have worked together to keep symptoms at bay, and you’re able to resume your regular activities and don’t require further treatment. This is most likely to happen in an acute infection scenario. 
  • Remission: The word “remission” is used when a person’s health has improved significantly from Lyme disease treatment, but the Lyme bacteria or coinfections still reside in the body. The immune system may keep the microbes in check on its own, or it may require the assistance of medication, herbal therapies, and lifestyle changes to keep the pressure on the pathogens and manage symptoms. “Remission” can be used to describe a patient who no longer has Lyme symptoms or who has had a substantial reduction in them.

How do you Determine Your State?

Because persistent, chronic Lyme disease is a chronic illness, it may not be possible for every person to arrive at a state of remission. Many people will need to establish a new normal, remaining aware of the activities that help them feel their best and refraining from those that set them back. 

Though the journey to remission can be a challenge, Lyme disease treatments tailored to your needs by a Lyme specialist can greatly improve your quality of life and manage lingering Lyme symptoms. Plus, several adjunct therapies and healthy choices can support recovery and remission, including those that target gut health, immunity, and sleep.