Antimicrobials for Lyme Disease
Antimicrobials fall into two categories, systemic and localized. Systemic antimicrobials travel into the blood and throughout the body, and localized antimicrobials generally get excreted in the urine. For those with chronic Lyme disease, you will most likely need a combination of antimicrobials as most microorganisms are opportunists, meaning they attack when your immune system is compromised.
There are many types of antimicrobials such as antibacterials, antivirals, antifungals, antiparasites, and anticysts (cystic forms of Lyme disease). Each one targets a particular invading microorganism in an attempt to extinguish it.
The goal of any antimicrobial is to kill, or at least limit, the invading microorganism.
When treating Lyme disease, it is very important to address any mycoplasma infections as they negatively impact the body and if present, make it more difficult to eradicate Lyme disease.