Post Edited (seeingstars) : 2/1/2009 8:31:48 AM (GMT-7)
Hi seeingstars. Some of the symptoms of all infections can overlap, so it can be hard to tell which symptoms are from which infection.
Some hallmark symptoms of Babesiosis are shortness of breath, night sweats, heart palpitations, severe headaches, and muscle weakness. Do you have any of these symptoms?
Babesiosis is similiar to malaria and needs to be treated with a combination of an anti-malarial (often Mepron) with a certain antibiotic (Zithromax, Biaxin, or Ketek).
As ticker said. Night sweats are hallmark with babesia. Bart and lyme can have night sweats too but they are slightly more pronounced with babesia. They can become severe on the 3rd or 4th day of babesia treatment. Meds such as bactrim, biaxin, doxy or plaquenil are mildly anti-babesia so they can calm many of the babs symptoms but the babesia is almost always still there. This can sometimes fool the patient or doctor.
Some other symptoms to accompany babesia are depression, lack of appetite, sometimes liver pain, losing your breath just going up a short flight of stairs, skin itching on the back of neck etc.
But i'm sure you know. Lyme and bartonella can cause some of these symptoms also, that was my reason for the "treat them all regardless approach". And i'm still not 100% convinced that mepron/zithromax or malarone/zithromax is the answer. Very little research has been done on babesia so we don't know everything. And just because it is similar to malaria, does not mean it will behave exactly like it or respond to treatment exactly the same.
If you really want an answer. I'd say to do the clongen 15 species pcr for babesia. Igenex only covers 2-3 species so don't waste your $.
Here is a list of meds that have an effect on malaria type infections. Listed in order from least effective to possibly the most effective. Most of them have a mild effect and only a few have a strong effect. And i'm sure there are many more out there that could work also. Plus, each specie of babesia is probably more susceptible to one combo versus the other.
Biaxin, zithromax, doxycycline, bactrim, roxithromycin, plaquenil(hydroxychloroquine), alinia(nitazoxanide), chloroquine, quinine, artmensisin, artesunate, clindamycin, riamet(co-artem), malarone, mepron, lariam(not recommended due to possibly severe side effects),Lumefantrine, primaquine, tafenoquine, halofantrine etc.