ZocdocAnswersDo antibiotics cure Leptospirosis or do they just treat it?

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Do antibiotics cure Leptospirosis or do they just treat it?

Would taking antibiotics just treat someone if they had Leptospirosis or would it cure it all together?

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Leptospirosis is an unusual infection that is caused by the Leptospira bacteria. It is fairly rare in the United States, with most cases occurring in those who are exposed to certain wild animals or who come into contact with water that has been contaminated by wild animals infected with the bacteria. The condition is often very difficult to diagnose, because it has a large number of vague symptoms, like muscle aches and pains, headache, and fever. Also, since it is rare, it is not at the top of the list for most doctors when they see a patient with these symptoms. Most cases of leptospirosis are actually self limited and get better on their own without any treatment at all (probably most cases are not even diagnosed). However, if you are diagnosed with leptospirosis, there is benefit to taking antibiotics, as these will help you get better more quickly. In most cases, you can expect to make a full recover from Leptospirosis with cure of the infection. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Leptospirosis, then you should definitely work closely with the hospital physicians or infectious disease doctors who are managing the case. They will be able to answer all of your specific questions!

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