The outlook varies from person to person.
Whilst it is extremely unusual for the illness to be fatal, symptoms can range from mild to very severe.
It is not in a patient’s best interests for the disease to remain untreated.
Treatment is with antibiotics and is most effective if started as early as possible in the disease.
The patient may be clinically cured if treated promptly.
There is growing scientific and anecdotal evidence that suggest long term treatment may be necessary in some cases.
Treatment regimes are aimed at reduction and elimination of the bacteria.
If there is delay before treatment is begun, there may be less chance of a full recovery.