02 Jul Stem Cell Therapy as a Treatment for Lyme’s Disease Symptoms
Lyme’s disease is a common condition in the United States caused by bites from ticks infected with a specific bacterium. While most cases of Lyme’s disease in humans can be treated with antibiotics, when it is left untreated, it can lead to serious problems like arthritis, cognitive, and neurological issues. Stem cell therapy is being studied as a treatment for these irreversible Lyme’s disease symptoms. Stem cells have the ability to repair damaged tissue, tendons, and brain cells you’re your Lyme’s disease symptoms have left irreversible damage to your joints or brain functioning, stem cell therapy may help you heal.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stems cells are very unique cells that everyone has in their body. They are the source for all our tissue, muscle, bone, and brain cells. Recently, they have been used in regenerative medicine because they have the ability to repair damaged cells and create new, healthy ones. There are many different ways to harvest stem cells from our own tissues, and some methods are easier than others. They can be found in embryonic cells, adult stem cells like bone marrow and fat tissue, adult stem cells that have been changed into embryonic cells, and perinatal cells. The easiest and most pain-free method of harvesting stem cells in adults is from a patient’s own fat tissue. These fat-derived stem cells never decline in abundance as you age, as adult bone marrow stem cells do. Bone marrow stem cells can also be extremely painful to harvest, unlike fat cells that are quick and painless to sample.
What is Lyme’s Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks and deer ticks, which can be smaller than a poppy seed. The bacterium makes its way into the blood, thus infecting humans. The most common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings like a rash, and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed by a professional. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing time spent in tick habitats. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.
How Can Stem Cells Treat Lyme’s Disease Symptoms?
Stem cell therapy has been a successful treatment for many conditions involving the immune system. Embryonic stem cells have recently been used successfully to treat Lyme’s disease symptoms. A case study reported that their patient reported reduced fatigue, insomnia, and is able to concentrate better during the day. The patient remained stable and reduced the amount of antibiotics he needed to take from constant infections. Stem cell therapy needs to be studied more as a treatment for Lyme’s disease, but the initial results have been promising.