Infect-associated arthritis (e.g. Lyme disease/borrelia)

Medicine 3

Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. univ. Georg Schett

Lyme disease (Borrelia) is a bacterial infectious disease transmitted by ticks against which there is currently no vaccination. The so-called "tick vaccination" only protects against infection with the early summer encephalitis virus (TBE virus), but not against Lyme disease.

In principle, ticks should be removed as quickly as possible, as the risk of infection increases with the duration of the suction. An infection with Borrelia bacteria is obvious if redness spreads at the bite site (wandering flush, often with a typical red ring wall). Often only a reddening of the surface is visible, which is not recognized as Lyme disease. Therefore, you should consult a doctor at the tick bite site with a diameter of more than 1 cm for each reddening. If suspected, he initiates a two- to three-week antibiotic therapy with oral antibiotics. Apart from that, a Borrelia infection can also occur without any redness.

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