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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacteria infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi.  Lyme disease is named after the Connecticut town of Lyme where it was first recognized in 1977.  Lyme infection is usually transmitted by, though not limited to, three species of tick:

•    The black-legged tick (deer tick) on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
•    The western black-legged tick ( western deer tick) in the Western U.S.
•    The lone star tick located within a rectangle encompassing Texas, Florida, Rhode Island, and Iowa.

Early signs of Lyme disease include flu-like symptoms (headache, fever, muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue) and a Lyme rash.  It has been estimated that as many as 20% of Lyme patients suffer from persistent and chronic symptoms.

One scientific research study indicates that Lyme bacteria are microaerophilic, or debilitated in high oxygen environments.  Dr. William Fife of Texas A&M university is credited with developing the protocols which utilize hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat chronic Lyme infections.  In his initial study, ninety-one patients completed a total of 1,995 hyperbaric oxygen treatments and 84.8% of those treated showed significant improvement by a decrease or elimination of symptoms.  Only 12 subjects (13.1%) claimed no apparent benefits.  In addition, HBO therapy and antibiotic therapy are thought to work in a synergistic manner such that the use of both results in a greater effect than either alone.

In summary, Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by ticks and is both difficult to accurately diagnose and treat.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the delivery of 100% oxygen at pressures greater than one atmosphere, has shown great promise in the treatment of chronic Lyme infection.

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