If you have dogs or you just don't trust the idea of getting tick bites, scientists suggest that you keep this antibiotic cream on hand to prevent contracting a debilitating Lyme disease.
Around 1 to 5 percent gets the chance of developing Lyme borreliosis, a disease caused by a borrelia-type bacteria transmitted to humans by an infected tick. With this rate, the need for a pharmacological preventive strategy has to be in place.
Some ticks carry diseases that can be transferred to an unsuspecting human after a tick bite. (Photo by John Tann)
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne
illness in the United States. The disease is concentrated mostly in the northeastern states and sparingly in the upper midwest.
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Taking an oral prophylaxis is the common remedy and preventive measure done after a tick bite. But scientists from Austria and Germany conducted a trial on the effectiveness of a topical azithromycin, a common antibiotic, that if applied directly on the bite kills Borrelia burgdorferi
that could possibly infect the body through the skin.
Bull's eye lyme disease tick bite rash
The scientists did the trial to 995 patients, 505 were tested with the azithromycinwith while the rest of the participants were in a placebo group. The trial was halted after 8 weeks. The result of the findings have been favorable. The treatment showed that 98% which is 494 out of 505 retained a good safety profile which means there were no symptoms of possible Lyme development exhibited by the participants.
Bern Jilma, who led the research said that none have developed Lyme while 7 of those in the placebo group had them.
Even ticks reached Pluto.
The suggested application of topical azithromycin is twice daily for three days within 72 hours after being bitten by a tick.
The findings published in a journal
in The Lancet.
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