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Is Lyme Disease Contagious?

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  • Lyme disease cannot be transmitted from one person to another
  • Many still attribute its transmission only to ticks, but according to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, the bacteria that cause it can also be spread by other biting or blood-sucking insects

Lyme disease cannot be transmitted from one person to another through physical contact like touching, kissing or having sexual intercourse. There are no reported cases of Lyme disease transmitted through blood transfusions either, although scientists have found that the Lyme disease bacteria can live in blood stored for donation. Hence, individuals currently being treated for Lyme disease should not donate blood.1

Many still attribute the transmission of Lyme disease only to ticks, but according to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, the bacteria that cause this condition can also be spread by other biting or blood-sucking pests, including mosquitoes, fleas, spiders and mites.2

Dogs and cats can also get infected, but there is no evidence that they can spread the disease directly to humans. However, pets can bring infested ticks and fleas into your home. This is why you should avoid taking them to infested areas and make sure to check them thoroughly every day for these parasites.3

In the case of gestational Lyme transmission from mother to fetus, there are currently no sufficient studies done on it, hence the lack of solid evidence supporting this manner of transmission. However, a systematic review published in the journal PLoS One, which analyzed 45 relevant studies, found that gestational Lyme disease can lead to spontaneous miscarriage, newborn death and newborns with an abnormal outcome at birth.

One of the reports evaluated in this review also detected the B. burgdorferi bacteria in the newborn, providing evidence for the vertical transmission of the Lyme disease bacteria in the womb.4

Prompt diagnosis and treatment are recommended for Lyme disease during pregnancy to help lower the risk for negative effects on the fetus.5 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently no reports of Lyme transmission from breast milk, so breastfeeding mothers undergoing treatment for Lyme disease can continue breastfeeding their babies.6

Is Lyme Disease Curable?

There is hope for a full recovery among individuals that are infected with Lyme disease. Aside from conventional treatment, which involves antibiotics,7 there are safer natural alternatives like the use of herbal antimicrobials.8 You may consider Dr. Klinghardt’s Lyme disease protocol as well.9 Additionally, it would be beneficial to boost your immune function through a healthy diet that’s rich in antioxidants.

Remember that treating Lyme disease with antibiotics will also kill good bacterial colonies in the gut, negatively affecting your natural immune function. This will further increase your risk of antibiotic-resistant infections.10

One of the most common questions after being diagnosed with Lyme is, “Can you die from Lyme disease?” This condition is generally not fatal but, in 2014, the CDC issued a warning in connection to three sudden cardiac deaths related to Lyme carditis.11

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