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Could you get Lyme disease from a mosquito? I've been bite numerous times while sleeping and have a bullseye rash on my arm.

Could you get Lyme disease from a mosquito? I've been bite numerous times while sleeping and have a bullseye rash on my arm.

Lyme is from ticks: Mosquitoes don't transmit Lyme only ticks can do that. If you have a bulls eye rash though that could very well be Lyme. Sometimes the ticks are so unbelievably small u can't see them. It looks like u live in New England and it's summer so I consider it peak Lyme season. If the rash is bigger than 5 cm in diameter and is expanding it's probably Lyme. Show it to an MD and get some antibiotics pls! ...Read more

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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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I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

Tick borne illnesses: Include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply
inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get Lyme disease?

How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get Lyme disease from receiving a blowjob?

No: There has to be a tick involved. Maybe if you were getting the blow job in a connecticut forest. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

No: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks. Deer tick bites can transmit the lyme disease not cat bites. Pasturella infections are often times associated with cat bites and can progress very rapidly, they are treated with penicillin. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Can I get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Maybe: If you truly have lyme disease, an infection....It is transmitted to humans by the bite of a deer tick. It's important that many other types of ticks exist and bite...And do not cause lyme disease. ...Read more

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Friend of mine has Lyme disease and had to quit his job. How do you get Lyme disease?

Tick, fly bites &...: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick (most likely were but did not notice). It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. ...Read more

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How likely are you going to get lyme disease from tick bites in the UK? What are the real risks? Is overgrown garden a risk too?

Interesting question: Lyme disease has wide distribution in the USA but I am not aware of it being prevalent in the UK. I have been in practice for 50 years and have treated many patients who are world travelers without any of them coming back from the UK with Lyme disease. You might want to call the local medical society in your region if you are still concerned. I have traveled through out England without any concern ...Read more

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Where can I get checked for Lyme disease?

See detail: Any doctor, clinic or urgent care center can order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I've had Lyme disease. Can I get it again?

I've had Lyme disease. Can I get it again?

Yes: Depends on your immune system's response. If the tick bite you again, possibility you will get it again. ...Read more

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Should I get tested for Lyme disease if I am outdoors a lot this summer?

Should I get tested for Lyme disease if I am outdoors a lot this summer?

Not unless...: You have a tick bite that devolpes a bullseye ring, and/or you become ill after a tick bite. We do not routinely test. ...Read more

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How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

Unlikely: If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my step son got Lyme disease over the summer he took anti;bodiatics and now he's starting to get sick again, wh?

? same symptoms: If the rash is still present, he's continued with fever or his lab values are still elevated, then he may not have absorbed his antibiotics well. Any chance he didn't take them all? It's also possible it is a totally different illness altogether that he has contracted now. Your doctor can help you sort out possibilities with a good exam, more history and probably more lab work. ...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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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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Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA. Any doctors specialize in this area?

IM or ID.: Your general Internist or Family Practitioner can perform this testing. If you feel you need to take it to a higher level, you can locate a local Infectious Disease specialist. ...Read more

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I get irregular patches of goosebumps when I am not cold at all. Could this be caused by Lyme Disease? If not, what could be the cause?

Doubt it: But if this concerns you, you should talk to your doctor about the cause. Often, it may just be from dry skin for which a moisturizer after bathing may do wonders. I presume that these bumps don't itch. ...Read more

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May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite. ...Read more

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Do you ever get rid of Lyme disease?

Sometimes: If lyme is treated early (within days of being infected) it is relatively easy to fully eradicate. The longer it has been present before treating, the more difficult to eliminate. With good treatment most of those with lyme will eventually become symptom-free, but it is possible that many may still have the borrelia bacteria present in the dormant cyst stage. There is no test to prove a full cure. ...Read more

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How much would it take to get test for Lyme disease?

How much would it take to get test for Lyme disease?

Depends on the test: There are many tests for lyme- elisa, western blot, ifa, pcr, cultures. Testing can be expensive. If you have limited resources I advise the igg & IgM western blot from igenex- their test is more thorough & sensitive than other labs. It costs about $200.
No single test totally proves or disproves if one has lyme- it is a clinical diagnosis, but the right tests are very helpful. ...Read more

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If you ever get rid of Lyme disease, how long will this take?

Controversial: Doctors disagree on whether "chronic lyme disease" exists at all. It can however take a very long time (weeks to months) for all the symptoms to resolve once the infection is removed. ...Read more

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My son got Lyme disease over the summer. He took antibiotics and now he's starting to get sick again, How is that possible?

Depends on diagnosis: The sickness he has now may be because the Lyme disease was not completely treated or it may not be due to Lyme Disease. You need to discuss this possibility with your physicians and ask then to have him see an infectious disease specialist ...Read more

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What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

See details: Not unless it is a deer tick and has been attached to your skin for several hours and is engorged with blood. ...Read more