Treating Lyme Disease: Can Red Light Therapy Help?
Lyme disease is caused via infected tick bites. It’s one of the most common vector-borne infectious diseases in the United States, affecting thousands of Americans each year.
According to a report by the EPA, approximately 20,000–30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually in the country in recent years. Let’s take a closer look at what this disease looks like and how it can be treated.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
The earliest symptom of Lyme disease is a small, red bump at the site of the tick bite. Often people have no memory of being bitten by a tick, and thus, overlook this early sign. While the bump may resolve on its own after a few days, you may encounter additional symptoms within the next 30 days. These include:
- Rash (erythema migrans) that may expand up to 12 inches. This is typically non-itchy and non-painful.
- Fever & chills
- Fatigue & body aches
- Stiffness around the neck
If Lyme disease is left untreated for too long, the rash may also appear at other regions across your body. You may also encounter neurological problems such as impaired muscle movement or numbness in the limbs.
Red Light Therapy for Lyme Disease
Conventional treatment options for Lyme disease usually entail oral or intravenous antibiotics. However, these aren’t always as effective in eliminating pain and discomfort. Many patients also experience Lyme disease syndrome post-antibiotic treatment.
Red light therapy has emerged as an alternative treatment option for Lyme disease in recent years. RLT is a therapeutic healing technique in which low-level red wavelengths are used to strengthen the mitochondria in body cells. This facilitates the mitochondria in producing the right amount of ATP, which helps in cell repair and rejuvenation.
Red light therapy is especially useful for treating fatigue and muscle soreness experienced by individuals battling Lyme disease. It’s also effective in countering inflammation caused by the illness. Patients who receive RLT in addition to antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease typically report an improvement in their conditions sooner than those who receive only conventional treatments.
At Solas, we’re no strangers to the benefits of RLT for Lyme disease patients. Our founder Jason has personally experienced the healing effects of this treatment method, which is what led him to develop his unit of body red light therapy devices.