The long-term prognosis for Lyme disease caught early is excellent. Although symptoms sometimes last for months, early treatment increases the likelihood that they will clear up completely. A recent study has shown that the general health of people who have had Lyme disease between 1 and 11 years before is similar to that of the general population.
If Lyme disease is ignored or inadequately treated, nerve damage, heart problems, and arthritis can become difficult to treat. Only in rare instances do the symptoms of Lyme disease become chronic. Fatalities are extremely rare.
Keep in mind that is it possible to become re-infected with Lyme disease at a later date. The body's natural immune response to the disease appears to diminish gradually in the years after infection.
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