Babesiosis | Treatment


How is babesiosis treated?

In people who have healthy immune systems and only mild cases of babesiosis, no treatment is typically needed. The body fights the infection on its own.

People who have a more severe case of babesiosis are usually treated with 2 types of antibiotics. If you develop shortness of breath or any other symptoms after you start taking the antibiotics, tell your doctor right away.

Some people who have very severe cases of babesiosis or weak immune systems need to go to a hospital to be treated.


When to Suspect and How to Monitor Babesiosis by E Mylonakis, M.D. (American Family Physician May 15, 2001,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00