Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Arthritis Lyme Home Care

Home care for Lyme disease includes:

Arthritis Lyme Arthritis

Home care for arthritis caused by Lyme disease includes:

  • Avoid over exertion, which increases your risk for injury.
  • Avoid prolonged standing.
  • Avoid remaining in one position.
  • Exercise regularly:
    • Check with your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you.
    • Perform exercises that do not place stress on your joints.
    • Perform gentle stretching after exercise.
  • Modify activities to reduce stress on joints or minimize risk for injury.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for mild pain.
  • Take prescription medicines as directed.
  • Use splints, in order to reduce pain and protect your joints when they are inflamed.
  • Warm soaks or baths may reduce stiffness.

Arthritis Lyme Pain and Fever Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and fever in adults with Lyme disease include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Arthritis Lyme Pain and Fever Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children with Lyme disease include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Arthritis Lyme Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have Lyme disease and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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