Lyme Disease: chronic illness is rare, say experts

Patients should be wary of using non-validated tests to diagnose Lyme Disease, said experts attending an October Science Media Centre briefing on the disease. Consultant microbiologist Matthew Dryden said that an increased, disproportionate public awareness of the rarer side effects of Lyme Disease has led to the spread of misinformation about chronic or ‘post-treatment’ symptoms of Lyme Disease. Consultant in tropical diseases Sarah Logan said that the long-term use of antibiotics by people who believe they have chronic Lyme Disease is more harmful than the effects of the disease itself.

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