Amy Schumer Just Revealed She's Taking Doxycycline For Lyme Disease

Emily Shiffer
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Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images
Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

From Women's Health

  • Amy Schumer says she's been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

  • She says she's taking the medication doxycycline to treat the illness.

  • The comedian asked fans for advice on how to deal with the condition.

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer, 39, took to her Instagram to reveal that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

She posted a picture of herself from childhood of the first time she ever went fishing along with her health disclosure, and described how she's been treating the tick-borne illness.

"My first ever fishing pole. Anyone get LYME this summer? I got it and I’m on doxycycline. I have maybe had it for years. Any advice?" she captioned the photo.

She also called out her followers for their advice on treatments that worked for them.

"Can you have a glass of wine or 2 on it? I know to stay out of the sun. I’m also taking these herbs from cape cod called lyme-2. Please comment or text me on my number in my bio," she wrote.

And thankfully, she is feeling okay so far.

"I also want to say that I feel good and am excited to get rid of it," she ended her caption.

Lyme disease is systemic infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans via a deer tick bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The infection, if left untreated, can wreak havoc on your nervous system, heart, and joints, Steven E. Schutzer, MD, previously told Women's Health.

"The most common symptoms patients have are fatigue, headache, joint pain, and heart palpitations," Andrea Gaito, MD, previously told Women's Health. "A lot of people have different variations of neurological Lyme disease, so they can't think straight, experience memory loss, or even [have] psychological issues, like depression and anxiety."

Amy also shared that she is using doxycycline for treatment, which is often given for early Lyme disease, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

A short course of oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, can cure the majority of cases. And according to the CDC, doxycycline is often used in adults with a dose of 100 mg, twice per day orally for 10 to 21 days on average.

The drug can cause a number of side effects including digestive issues, dry mouth, a sore throat, and blistering or red skin (hence Amy's comment about avoiding the sun), per the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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