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Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

YES: About half of those with lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. There is strong evidence that borrelia burgdorferi, the lyme bacteria, can be spread by biting flies- see http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 many believe it can also be spread by mosquitoes, fleas & spiders, though this is unproven. Many feel it can be sexually transmitted & spread by moms to babies in utero. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Can Lyme disease be transmitted any way other then through ticks?

Can Lyme disease be transmitted any way other then through ticks?

No: Despite what so-called lyme experts may say, there has never been confirmed evidence of human to human transmission either through saliva, semen or blood transfusions. ...Read more

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Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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What to get from a tick besides Lyme disease?

See details: There are numerous tick-borne diseases including typhus, q fever, rocky mt. Spotted fever and others. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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Can one get Lyme disease if accidently eat a tick ?

Can one get Lyme disease if accidently eat a tick ?

Never heard of: Although one can imagine that a tick could have attached to the intestinal lining and thereby transmitting the infection, it is likely that the tick would not have survived the passage in the stomach where there are acid and enzymes. At any rate, I am not aware of this mode of transmission. ...Read more

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Does a second tick have to bite for Lyme disease to reoccur

See below: Yes. Once lyme disease has been treated with the proper meds, the disease is cured. To get the disease again, another tick would have to bite and transmit the disease. ...Read more

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How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

Symptoms after bite: About half the time one will get a bulls-eye rash, a red ring surrounding the bite, appearing 3-30 days after the bite. This is a clear sign of lyme. Also, lyme usually causes flu-like symptoms like muscle aches, fever and headache within days of the bite. Be aware that ticks may carry other infections besides lyme, such as babesia, bartonella, ehrlichiosis and rocky mountain spotted fever. ...Read more

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Are there some places that they have ticks but not Lyme disease?

Yes: Only deer ticks carry lyme disease, the common wood tick does not. There are areas of the country where deer ticks are not seen. ...Read more

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My tick or bug bit is getting puffier and larger. Is this possible Lyme disease?

Anything Possible: Does not sound like erythema chronicum migrans, the classic lyme disease eruption, but that is often followed by a non-descript rash. If this is tender, painful, warm to touch and you have any associated symptoms, please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it that i never got Lyme disease from a tick even though i was bit by one?

Several reasons: If it was a wood tick, it does not carry lyme. Not all deer ticks are infected. The tick must be attached for 12 hours or so to infect a person. ...Read more

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How likely is a tick to carry Lyme disease?

Depends...: On the kind of tick, the area where you are when fed upon and how long the tick has fed upon you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease if a deer tick?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease if a deer tick?

Many symptoms...: If bitten by a deer tick one should watch carefully for symptoms. Look for a bulls-eye rash- if you have this you have lyme, but it only happens half the time. Other early symptoms are mild flu-like symptoms (headache. Aches, mild fever), then joint pains, fatigue, problems with memory & concentration and virtually any symptom in the world. Deer ticks may spread ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella etc. ...Read more

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Why is a tick bite called Lyme disease?

Bite can lead to LD: Tick bites may transmit a variety of illnesses if the tick has been infected with a germ that uses the tick as a carrier.Rocky mountain spotted fever, tick bite fever & lime disease are some of the diseases that can be passed by ticks. Not all ticks carry diseases and not all bites will pass the germ. ...Read more

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