Lyme Disease gel

If you like to play outdoors, chances are you have been bitten by a tick at some point in time. Over 30,000 people contract Lyme Disease each year in the US, double that in Germany alone. The Fraunhofer Institute believes they have come up with a gel that will prevent the contraction of Lyme Disease post tick bite. 

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Gel To Prevent Lyme Disease After Tick Bite

Lyme Disease gel

If you like to play outdoors, chances are you have been bitten by a tick at some point in time. Over 30,000 people contract Lyme Disease each year in the US, double that in Germany alone. The Fraunhofer Institute believes they have come up with a gel that will prevent the contraction of Lyme Disease post tick bite. 

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, carried in the gut of certain ticks. When these infected ticks attach to you or your pet and begin to feed, they may transmit this bacteria in the process. 

Currently, most people wait until they see the signature bulls-eye rash before contacting their doctor about potential Lyme Disease. However, ticks don't always bite in places where you can see the skin and over 20%-40% of people who contracted the disease don't develop the early rash symptoms. Once contracted, Lyme Disease is very hard to treat.

The new medicated gel can completely prevent infection if applied locally to the tick bite area immediately after the tick has been removed. The gel must be applied within the first few days of the initial bite, before any symptoms would have a chance to appear. 

The gel works because the bacteria stays right around the bite area for the first few days after initial contact. Azithromycin, the active ingredient in the gel, kills the bacteria locally in the skin, preventing the further spread of the infection. 

The Lyme Disease gel is in the final stages of human clinical trials and if successful, will be out on the market soon. 

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  1. I got Lyme disease in the summer of 2009 and it was a massive pain. It’s not difficult to treat if you catch it early (antibiotics), but it took two separate blood tests to identify and the rash didn’t show up for weeks. It can get much worse if you don’t treat it early. A gel like this would be great in fighting off the disease. Nice post!

  2. Thanks for posting this!

    I guess what I’m puzzled about is how you’d know you were bitten – I’ve had Lyme twice in 2 years, and never saw the ticks responsible. It took the bullseye rash for me to realize what had happened, and by then it’s serious enough for a multi-week course of antibiotics.

    If you *do* happen to see the tick, then yes, this sounds like a great idea…I would hope that it would treat the co-infections too (like babesiosis & HGE).

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