Babesiosis Treatment

Babesiosis Treatment

Babesiosis, a disease that is transmitted by the bite of the parasite infected tick, is a common infection in animals but rarely found in humans. A notable number of patients recover spontaneously without treatment. For those people with mild symptoms, Babesiosis may last up to six months but mostly cures completely.

To treat Babesiosis, generally, a dose of antibiotics and anti-parasite medicines is administered to the patient.

Babesiosis Treatment:

For people who are mildly infected, commonly recommended Babesiosis treatment includes atovaquone (Mepron), azithromycin and a strict diet. This is always the first preferred and effective option and though it may be a bit expensive, it has lesser side effects. But for those who have been more severely infected, oral clindamycin and quinine works very effectively. This option is not chosen for non-life threatening cases as there is a possibility of adverse reactions with this combination. Sometimes, the preferred treatment has been administering clindamycin (Cleocin) injections and giving quinine orally three to four times in a day. In some cases, critically ill patients are treated with chemotherapy.

The treatment generally continues anywhere between seven to ten days. But for patients who are not very immune or severely affected and show recurring symptoms of Babesiosis, a longer duration treatment, sometimes even up to two months, has shown positive results. Occasionally, treatment is required for up to three months until the blood tests show no infection of Babesiosis continuously for two weeks. Generally immune people respond very well to the treatment during the course of the first seven days.

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