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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)

Lyme is 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 diagnosis is 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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I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

Various measures: Many measures can reduce the chance of pets being bitten by deer ticks, which can not only infect your pet but can infect you! these tend to involve pesticides to kill ticks in your yard or tick repellents on your pet- but these can be toxic. Advice from the cdc is here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ticks/avoid/on_pets.Html for natural options: http://www.Dogsnaturallymagazine.Com/ticks-natural-prevention/. ...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