Lyme Disease Specialist

Magnolia Health Care

Functional Medicine Specialists & Internal Medicine located in Florence, SC

If you come down flu-like symptoms after spending time in a wooded or grassy area, it’s possible that you’ve developed Lyme disease. If not treated early and thoroughly, this disease can cause joint pain and other serious problems that linger for life. Fortunately, Emmanuel Quaye, MD, offers everything you need to continue to live your healthiest life, including a comprehensive evaluation so you get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. To learn more about this disease that impacts over 300,000 Americans each year, call Magnolia Health Care in Florence, South Carolina, or book your appointment online.

Lyme Disease Q & A

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread via tick bites. Soon after the bite, you might notice a rash around the bite area that clears in the center, making it look like a bullseye. The first stage of Lyme disease also often brings flu-like symptoms like a fever, body aches, chills, and headaches.

As Lyme disease progresses, it causes different symptoms. If left untreated, it can cause joint pain — especially in your knees — and neurological problems.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Lyme disease is often challenging to diagnose, especially because its early symptoms are so similar to the flu. If you didn’t notice the tick bite, you may think you’re just running a fever. What’s more, lab tests for Lyme disease are often inconclusive until the infection has been in your system for a few weeks.

To counter these challenges, Dr. Quaye uses a comprehensive evaluation. During that evaluation he will:

  • Examine your symptoms
  • Explore your medical history
  • Take the time to understand how your unique body is being impacted

Through this evaluation, he derives an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. He knows that the sooner you can get the right diagnosis, the sooner treatment can begin. And the sooner treatment starts, the greater its effectiveness.

How is Lyme disease treated?

Dr. Quaye takes a functional medicine approach to treating Lyme disease. That means he works with you to help your body function its best as a whole while addressing the infection itself, your body’s immune response, and the inflammation Lyme disease causes.

His approach helps you get rid of the bacteria in your body while also supporting your body’s regulation of its immune response. By balancing your immune response, you give your immune system its best opportunity to clear out the bacteria on its own, minimizing your need for extended periods of time on antibiotics.

At the same time, when antibiotics are necessary, Dr. Quaye works with you to keep your body balanced as you take them. By keeping the body balanced throughout treatment, Dr. Quaye helps you heal as quickly as possible.

To learn more about Lyme disease and your treatment options, call Magnolia Health Care or schedule your appointment online.