How To Find A Physician to Treat Lyme Disease
“Castle Connolly Best Doctors” http://www.castleconnolly.com/ provides an excellent way to find a local physician who is board certified in the specialty of infectious diseases. Select “Infectious Diseases” as the specialty, and then give your zip code (or city), as well as your State. In some cases, the physician has elected not to post his/her name and address on this web site; you then may have to consult your local telephone directory to get that information.
When you contact the physician you have selected, you might ask him/her about their experience in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease — or other tick-borne infections — and whether he/she follows the guidelines developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) for the treatment of Lyme disease.
The IDSA guidelines, which are posted on the ALDF website, are almost universally accepted by experts on Lyme disease, and are in agreement with those of: the European Federation of Neurological Societies; the European Union of Concerted Action on Lyme Borreliosis; the American Academy of Neurology; the Canadian Public Health Network; and, the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology. They also are in agreement with recommendations made by expert panels from 10 European countries, i.e., The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. None of these organizations or expert panels, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends extended antibiotic therapy for the treatment of a condition known as “chronic Lyme disease”.