Lyme Disease

John R Toth, D.O.

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist located in Concord, CA

An estimated 300,000 people contract Lyme disease through a tick bite in the United States each year. Without proper care, Lyme disease can cause severe complications. . Dr. John R. Toth in Concord, California provides expert care in helping men and women treat and manage Lyme disease. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Lyme Diseases Q & A

What is Lyme disease?

Ticks, the primary source of Lyme disease, carry Borrelia burgdorferi or Borrelia mayonii, both spiral-shaped bacteria that enter your body through bites. Lyme disease is present in all parts of the United States.

Because Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed, its symptoms can escalate very quickly, leading to serious health issues that affect nearly every part of your body. Patients affected by Lyme disease might experience co-infections, making it very difficult for doctors that are not taught the specific nuances of this condition to diagnose and treat it effectively.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Accurately diagnosing Lyme disease is one of the most significant problems for doctors today. There’s no single test for Lyme disease, and it often mimics other health problems. Symptoms of other issues can easily distract doctors from diagnosing the actual condition.  

Thankfully, Dr. Toth is an expert diagnostician for Lyme disease and offers comprehensive care to his patients.  Dr. Toth has an in-depth understanding of the multiple systems Lyme disease affects, particularly if you’ve been exposed to co-infections.

What are potential co-infections?

Getting bitten by a tick can also lead to co-infections, such as:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Bartonella
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Babesiosis
  • Q fever
  • Southern tick-associated rash illness
  • Relapsing fever
  • Tularemia
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Powassan encephalitis

What are the treatments for Lyme disease?

Dr. Toth recommends an antibiotic regimen to treat Lyme disease in its early stages. If you don’t catch it soon enough, treatment can get more complicated, as Lyme disease can profoundly impact various other parts of the body.

If you’re looking for expert care in handling Lyme disease or other tick-borne co-infections, contact Dr. Toth via phone or online today to book an appointment.