How is Lyme viewed in the medical community?
There are two controversies surrounding Lyme – the first is testing and the second is treatment.
With regards to testing, it is important that the diagnosis is made clinically when possible, especially if there is a classic skin lesion. In the 20% of people who do not have the classic rash, testing can be done based on symptoms and known tick exposure. Testing should be antibody testing and not culture for the bacteria. With regards to treatment, there is controversy regarding the length of treatment for people who have chronic Lyme symptoms. For more information on these controversies please check out this link: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/lyme-disease-resolving-the-lyme-wars-2018061814071