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A 34-year-old member asked:

I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of lyme disease. should i still get a test done?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome.Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe.Also get tested for co-infections like babesia.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick.
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Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Excellent idea to check for other tick borne diseases that are found in the local area. Co-infections seem to be fairly common.
May 30, 2017

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A 31-year-old member asked:

I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No test.: If you live in or have recently visited an area where lyme is endemic you should not get a test. It will be negative. You should be treated. See your doc.
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Last updated May 30, 2017

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