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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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Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

What does the DR say: There are numerous reasons why you may have trouble with your knee. Have you seen a rheumatologist or orthopedic specialist? Itching is not a sign of Lyme disease. What does your DR say? ...Read more

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Do I have lme disease? I got a tick bite on my upper thigh about half a year ago. It spread to other parts of my legs, itches a lot, but I don't have any of the other symptoms. I misspelld: the question is do I have Lyme diease?

Do I have lme disease? I got a tick bite on my upper thigh about half a year ago. It spread to other parts of my legs, itches a lot, but I don't have any of the other symptoms. I misspelld: the question is do I have Lyme diease?

The: The rash associated with lyme disease is called erythema migrans and it looks like a target or bulls-eye. It usually starts at the site of the tick bite 3-30 days after the bite (average 7 days) and then can spread to other parts of the body. The rash typically doesn't last more than a month and is rarely itchy. An itchy rash appearing 6 months after a tick bite would not be related to lyme disease. Other kinds of ticks can spread other organisms besides lyme such as "southern tick associated rash illness" or rocky mountain spotted fever, so if you think you have an abnormal rash related to a previous tick bite, contact your doctor.

Below I've attached a website with tons of good information on lyme disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

Usually 3-5 weeks: Erythema migraines, the bullseye rash associated with lyme, typically appears 7-10 days after a tick bite, though it can be from 1-33 days. It usually lasts 3-5 weeks, though could be shorter or longer. It tends to gradually expand over time. While often said to appear in 80-90% of those with lyme, actually no more than 30% with lyme recall a rash- see www. Jemsekspecialty. Com/lyme_detail. Php? Sid=6. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Lyme disease and no rash?

Is it possible to have Lyme disease and no rash?

Absolutely: The bite or characteristic rash may be in a area that the affected person cannot see such as the back or scalp. ...Read more

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What can be done for a Lyme disease rash when it's painful?

What can be done for a Lyme disease rash when it's painful?

Check rash: The rash associated with lyme called erythema migrans is usually not itchy or painful, it might feel warm perhaps very mild itch but usually not painful so have ur dr check it out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of new Lyme disease if you don't have a rash?

What are the symptoms of new Lyme disease if you don't have a rash?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses. The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, nerve. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Lyme Disease: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite.This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease.However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. ...Read more

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Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help. Should I be tested?

Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help. Should I be tested?

Well: Testing is usually not positive doesn't show the line infection for a couple weeks. Recommend Healthtap visit or see a doctor in person for diagnosis and treatment. It's important to get anabiotic treatment early when you have a target rash because it can be Lyme disease and you can prevent the complications by getting anabiotic treatment early ...Read more

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If my baby has a round, red, circular rash, could he have Lyme disease?

Unlikely: To develop lyme disease, you have to be exposed to a tick bite. Infants are unlikely to get bitten by ticks. ...Read more

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I got bit by a tick and got very ill and had a rash around it. I have every symptom of Lyme's. Where can I get tested in Arkansas?

I got bit by a tick and got very ill and had a rash around it. I have every symptom of Lyme's. Where can I get tested in Arkansas?

Go to ER: If you need to contact your doctor immediately or go to an ER to get checked since there is an early window during which Lyme disease can be effectively treated. The approach is usually treat as Lyme Disease while waiting confirmation with blood test Do not delay. ...Read more

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Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Sure.: Lots of stuff other than lyme disease can cause annular rashes, including fungus infections, something called erythema multiforme, and a group of conditions called the figurate erythemas, among other things. A dermatologist can sort out the problem for you. ...Read more

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Can a Lyme disease rash be as small as a half dollar coin and can it be more purplish than red?

Can a Lyme disease rash be as small as a half dollar coin and can it be more purplish than red?

Yes it could: A small red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash called erythema migrans is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more areas. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My profile pic is a pic of big red bump with circle around it. This second bite/rash my son had like this. Tested neg for Lyme should he be seen again?

My profile pic is a pic of big red bump with circle around it. This second bite/rash my son had like this. Tested neg for Lyme should he be seen again?

Get checked: Get checked by a Lyme literate medical doctor. Serological testing is inadequate to make an accurate diagnosis. Top Lyme literate docs diagnose based upon energy resonance testing, history, or presentation. Advocate to see a Lyme literate doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has a perfect circular rash. How can I tell is it is ringworm or Lyme disease?

Exam: Lime disease responds to treatment best if caught early. Call your pediatrician for an appointment to ck for lime disease or other creepy crawlies that can cause circular rashes. Don't delay, call for an appointment now! ...Read more

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What can I do if my daughter has a perfect circular rash. How to tell between ringworm and Lyme disease?

Scaling: Ringworm or tinea corporis is typically scaly and red at edges and clear in the center. The bull's eye rash of lyme disease is not scaly. It is a flat red rash and often there are other faint blotchy red rashes elsewhere on the body that move around to different areas sporadically. Lyme disease also rare in alabama. See a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

Persistent symptoms?: A tick bite causing a bullseye rash could be either lyme or STARI. STARI tends to be self-limited without chronic symptoms. Lyme often causes ongoing fatigue, muscle/joint pains &/or neurological symptoms. If you have lyme-related symptoms get an IgG & IgM western blot from IgeneX labs, as other labs do less thorough tests. If you do not have ongoing symptoms it was probably STARI. See comment:. ...Read more

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I got Lyme at 14. Had the bullseye rash. Did doxyxyline. This was 16 years ago. In 2009 had fatigue had Lyles tst she's positive. No rash. New bite?

I got Lyme at 14. Had the bullseye rash. Did doxyxyline. This was 16 years ago. In 2009 had fatigue had Lyles tst she's positive. No rash. New bite?

Lyme disease: Once you have had Lyme disease you may remain seropositive (meaning your antibody test is positive) for a lifetime. You need not have had a new infection. The interpretation of the serologies can be complex and cannot be discussed here in detail. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I have lyme d. if I got bitten by a deer tick 6 weeks ago? Was in for 5minNow I have a light 1cm in diameter rash on the spot

What are the chances that I have lyme d. if I got bitten by a deer tick 6 weeks ago? Was in for 5minNow I have a light 1cm in diameter rash on the spot

5 min. Is too short: On the West Coast, the western black-legged tick can bite humans, and can cause Lyme disease, after feeding for 24-48 hours. A later blood test can help tell if a person got infected. The doctor may treat with antibiotics if the lab finds "Lyme bacteria", if the bite site has a bull's-eye rash, or if there are other worries, such as a lot of irritation and maybe a skin infection at the bite site. ...Read more

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How do a Lyme disease circular red skin rash and a regular bug bite differ?

Dirrent appearance: The typical lyme lesion is referred to as a bulls eye lesion. It typically has central redness with clearing arounbd it and then another red rim further out. A regular bug bite is ususally uniformly red with clearing throughout. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Last year I was hiking and was bit multiple times by horseflies. 1 bite swelled very large on my foot and another had a "bullseye" looking rash. I've had many health issues since then that seem lyme disease related. Who can I contact to get tested?

Last year I was hiking and was bit multiple times by horseflies. 1 bite swelled very large on my foot and another had a "bullseye" looking rash. I've had many health issues since then that seem lyme disease related. Who can I contact to get tested?

Your Family Doctor: You should consult your family doctor. If you don't have one, then go to a clinic. Horse flies bite will not cause Lyme Didease. But you can be checked by physical exam and blood test ...Read more

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How long does the red bulls-eye symptom of lyme's disease rash last?

How long does the red bulls-eye symptom of lyme's disease rash last?

Days to months: Erythema migrans, the bulls-eye rash unique to lyme, appears within 3-30 days after a bite & lasts several days to several months. However, no more than 1/2 and probably less than 1/3 of those with lyme report a bulls-eye rash. If you have it you have lyme, but not having it does not rule out lyme in any way. See http://www. Lyme-disease-research-database. Com/lyme-disease-rash. Html. ...Read more

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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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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Rash (Definition)

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