A 29-year-old member asked:
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can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of lyme disease?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Anything is possible: But if the child has been in any area where there may be deer ticks they should be treated for lyme disease without waiting for serologic confirmation.
Answered on Jul 6, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
NO!!!: Nothing else is known to cause erythema migrans, the bulls-eye rash around a bug bite that is seen in up to half of those infected with lyme. If one has a bulls-eye rash see a doctor knowledgeable about lyme right away, as the sooner it is treated the better. See http://www.Lyme-disease-research-database.Com/lyme-disease-rash.Html.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Don't be.: The story is not consistent with Lyme disease. The tick has to be attached for at least 12 hours to infect.
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