You encounter bacteria and germs daily. Fortunately, washing your hands helps eliminate them before they find their way into your system and becomes an infection. A second way to encounter bacteria is through a bite or scratch. For example, Lyme disease is contracted by being bitten by the black-legged deer tick. Once the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi enters your bloodstream, it begins multiplying and spreading to different body parts. Thankfully there are many alternative treatment methods, such as hyperthermia therapy, to help treat Lyme disease.
The body is equipped to eliminate the bacteria from your system. Once it senses the bacteria, inflammation is triggered and tasked with locating and destroying it. This process works unless you have an auto-immune disorder like Lyme disease. In such cases, bacteria protect themselves using multiple methods.
Why Bacteria is Hard to Find and Destroy
Bacteria are smart, and they fight for survival. One way is by creating biofilms, tiny shields that form around the bacteria, protecting them from being detected. This causes the inflammation to search the body without success continually. This constant state of inflammation creates much pain in the joints and muscles. The bacterial infection can lead to severe mental and physical health problems if left untreated.
Treatment for Bacterial Infections
The first line of treatment for bacterial infections is oral antibiotics, usually doxycycline or another robust version, to give your body the best chances of elimination. Antibiotic therapies work best when used in the early stages of an infection before it has spread throughout the body.
Lyme disease’s early stages are localized and disseminated. Symptoms in these stages are like other common ailments, like the flu. A common symptom to appear during these stages is fever. The body heats up internally, creating inflammation to seek out Lyme bacteria and destroy them.
Unfortunately, antibiotics do not work for everyone due to one or more of the following:
- They were undiagnosed or misdiagnosed during the early stages
- Bacteria create biofilms to shield themselves from antibiotics
- Coinfections exist that are undiagnosed
- Bacteria can hide in cells and tissues
- Bacteria can go dormant or inactive to avoid detection
General practitioners do not often administer alternative treatments. A specialist in infectious diseases is needed, preferably with a sub-specialty in your disorder. They are extensively trained in non-traditional therapies and can provide them on an outpatient basis in their clinic. Alternative treatments are non-invasive and typically use natural resources to aid the body in doing its job.
Most alternative treatments can be applied in conjunction with traditional therapies. Examples of alternative treatments include biofilm eradication, therapeutic apheresis, detox therapy, antioxidant protocols, and lifestyle changes. Hyperthermia is an excellent example of a Lyme disease alternative treatment that works.
What is Hyperthermia Therapy?
Hyperthermia creates an internal fever to boost the effects of medicines on your body’s immune system. Hyperthermia has been used for ages to heal all sorts of illnesses, like malaria. When antibiotics were discovered, medical doctors thought they were much better than letting the illness run its course.
Now, with much research, we know that fever has a purpose, it kills bacteria. It even kills the kind of bacteria that is good at hiding, like Lyme.
Hyperthermia Therapy for Lyme Disease
Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme bacteria are significantly impacted by high temperatures. Scientists have figured out that Lyme bacteria die when the body reaches 106.88 degrees Fahrenheit and stays there for at least two hours.The induced fever boosts your immune system and increases blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs, cells, and tissues. The higher temperatures also kill microbes and biofilms, which help the bacteria become more resistant to antibiotics. When this happens, antibiotics have an easier time reaching cells and tissues they couldn’t before, increasing your chances of a positive outcome.
While there haven’t been many major studies, smaller ones show three-fourths of patients undergoing hyperthermia resulted in significant reductions in symptoms.
Types of Hyperthermia Therapy
Various types of hypothermia exist, including the following:
- Superficial for small areas close to the surface of the body
- Local, which refers to heating one area on the body
- Regional, in which a larger area is treated
- Whole body
Another type of hyperthermia is extracorporeal photopheresis. This treatment involves running your blood through a sterile chamber where it is heated and then returned to the body.
What Happens During Hyperthermia Treatments?
Your doctor will determine which level of hyperthermia treatment is best for treating your symptoms. Whether you are getting local, regional, or whole-body hyperthermia, your doctor will slowly raise your temperature until it reaches about 107 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be sedated during the process and strictly supervised and monitored.
Levels of treatment:
- Extreme, between 106 and 107 degrees
- Extensive, between 104 and 106 degrees
- High, between 103 and 104 degrees
- Medium, between 101 and 103 degrees
- Mild, between 98 and 101 degrees
The higher the temperature, the better the results. Your immune system is boosted, and Lyme bacteria and coinfections die.
Finding the Right Doctor?
To find the best doctor for alternative treatments such as hyperthermia:
- Look for a leader in infectious diseases.
- Start by searching for leaders in the International Lyme and Associated Diseases or another national or global association.
- Keep an open mind about where your doctor is located.
Some of the best doctors work outside the United States and Canada.
You may think you can’t afford to visit a great doctor in a different country. But think about the money and time spent on getting diagnosed or misdiagnosed, second and third opinions, and doctors who can’t spend more than fifteen minutes with you.
Compare all the time and effort you have spent with doctors who cannot help you with the cost of an airline ticket and hotel stay to be treated by a leader in the industry, like at Lyme Mexico. You could get the treatment you deserve, which involves advanced techniques using the most modern equipment. There are many options to discuss. Incorporate a family vacation into your treatment visit and have fun before and after your procedure. Call today to get more specific answers to your questions.