PANS: Babesia Infection

Babesia duncani/microti is a protozoal parasitic infection or a “piroplasm”, not a bacteria like the other co-infections. The babesia piroplasm is carried by ticks and transmitted to humans via tick bite. As many as 66% of those who are Lyme positive also have evidence of Babesia infection.

Because Babesia is NOT a bacteria, it does not respond to the same antibiotic treatment that is used to treat Lyme disease, Streptococcal infection or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. If a patient has been extensively treated with antibiotic therapy and symptoms still persist, specific treatment for piroplasms may be required.

There are unique anti-protozoal and anti-parasitic medications and herbals that are used for Babesiosis.

Key Symptoms:

  • High fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes at onset
  • Burning pains
  • Muscle aches
  • Night sweats
  • Frontal headache/persistent migraine
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Vertigo/imbalance
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chest tightness/chest pain
  • Shortness of breath/ “air hunger”
  • Petechial rash – tiny red spots (See picture)

Lab Testing:

  • Babesia duncani/microti IgM and IgG
  • Babesia FISH (Fluorescent in situ hybridization)
  • Babesia PCR
Dr Ayla Wilson
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Dr Ayla Wilson
Dr Ayla Wilson is a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and the founder of High Five Family Health – which she opened in the fall of 2017 in Gastown (Vancouver, BC) after seven years in private practice in Edgemont Village (North Vancouver, BC).

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