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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss Caused By Lyme Disease

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Can Lyme disease cause hair loss?

Can Lyme disease cause hair loss?

Yes: Lyme disease is known to cause every possible symptom including hair loss. However, this could also be related to hypothyroidism (which Lyme can cause) and nutrient deficiencies (esp. zinc, very common in Lyme patients) may play a role too. You might also have heavy metal toxicity.
Work with a good holistic doc.
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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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My daughter found a bug in her hair. Not sure if its a tick, worried about lyme disease, is there anyway to tell?

? got bug?: If you have the bug you could look for an image on line & compare. Lyme disease does not occur if the tick has not embedded & fed for a day. It is worth a good look over for her whole body, but what you describe is not worrisome. ...Read more

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Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

See details: About 70% of patients with documented lyme disease never remember having a tick bite or the characteristic rash. If you believe you may have lyme disease, see your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Nerve pain in rt U/LE & head. Lyme disease that took 2.5yrs to Dx. Is there anything I can do for the horrific nerve pain/mms pain in extreme flares??

Nerve pain in rt U/LE & head. Lyme disease that took 2.5yrs to Dx. Is there anything I can do for the horrific nerve pain/mms pain in extreme flares??

YES: It is important to consult your PCP since many new anti-inflammatory agents/pain medication, non- narcotic in nature, are now on the market and very effective for nerve pain: Lyrica, Neurontin, Savella, (milnacipran) SSRI and SNRI inhibitors are just examples. ...Read more

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Why didn't I get Lyme disease after I got a tick in my head half way under my scalp?

Not uncommon: May have been a wood tick and not a deer tick. Not all deer ticks are infected with the lyme organism. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

YOU ARE NOT 15 MIN!: I agree that you should not assume the neck pain is Lyme spasms, and get to ER. We would like to propose that while Babesia can raise temps, Bartonella can be immunosuppressive-floats in blood--you do not die. A fever with Bartonella I would take seriously. My wise MD friend is right. If 3 infections--missed one? ER. As Fallon, MD Columbia recently posted-ticks are infection bus-over 1-3 bugs. ...Read more

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Does my risk of Lyme disease increase if the tick head gets stuck in the skin during the removal process?

Lyme Disease: Only blacklegged ticks in the highly endemic areas of the northeastern and north central U.S. Are commonly infected. Finally, blacklegged ticks need to be attached for at least 24 hours before they can transmit lyme disease. This is why it's so important to remove them promptly and to check your body daily for ticks if you live in an endemic area. ...Read more

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What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

Many ways: First you can rum Lyme disease test to see if it is positive or not.

second you can watch the patient for any symptoms that could suggest Lyme disease.

third some physician might start the patient on medication for prophylaxis reason. ...Read more

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Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Not likely: You may have fibromyalgia. You need to discuss this with your physician and possibly see a rheumatologist. This is unlikely to be Lyme disease but there are other possibilities in the differential diagnosis that need to be confirmed. Your evaluation will include examination, lab studies and maybe imaging. ...Read more

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Is it common for a blood test to miss Lyme disease? Also can Lyme disease lead to weight loss?

Is it common for a blood test to miss Lyme disease? Also can Lyme disease lead to weight loss?

Yes to both: It is fairly common for lab tests for lyme disease to be a false negative. The cdc criteria for a positive test is so strict that it might miss up to 50% of patients who have lyme disease. ...Read more

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3 small nonspecific lesions. Lyme disease negative. Now being tested for nerve damage and memory loss, all that's left is stroke and ms, limbs tingle?

3 small nonspecific lesions. Lyme disease negative. Now being tested for nerve damage and memory loss, all that's left is stroke and ms, limbs tingle?

MS is possible: Assume you have 3 small brain white matter lesions, but your sensory symptoms and memory issues, could well be a sign of ms, or prior strokes. Can sort out by getting MRI of neck and MRI of gray matter using dir techniques, as extra lesion on these films could confirm ms. Maybe spinal fluid would help. Talk with your doctor, should be able to pin down. ...Read more

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Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Further evaluation: I would suggest a work up to include further evaluation of your asthma which is being treated with Advair. The evaluation will include a pulse oximetry test with and without exercise. These symptoms may be related to uncontrolled asthma. In addition, a TB test and CF screening test can be performed. A complete physical exam and history will determine other causes. ...Read more

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What kind of urinary problems are caused by Lyme disease?

See below: The lyme spirochete can infect the bladder and cause frequent urination, pain on urination, even blood and protein in the urine. The typical urinalysis may show blood or protein in the urine and the culture will not grow out the spirochete infection. ...Read more

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What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

Specific: It is specific to Lyme disease is called Lyme Disease arthritis. It is not rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Are the heart regularities caused by Lyme disease fatal?

Generally not: In very rare cases, one could pass out and require a pacemaker. I personally have never seen that needed. ...Read more

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Can natural anti-inflammatory compounds relieve joint inflammation caused by Lyme disease?

Can natural anti-inflammatory compounds relieve joint inflammation caused by Lyme disease?

Not really.: Lyme disease should be treated with Doxycycline as recommened by the cdc and national academy of medicine, (except in children-amoxicillin, and pregnant females-erythromycin.)you can take an otc NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) for your jont pain, or get an rx from your pcp. Arthritis is a main feature of lyme, and needs more than symptom control. 3-0mega fatty acids can reduce inflammation and improve lipids. ...Read more

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Does pheriferal neuropathy caused by Lyme disease go away by itself after healing lyme? My left foot is burning...I can't get no sleep because of it

Does pheriferal neuropathy caused by Lyme disease go away by itself after healing lyme? My left foot is burning...I can't get no sleep because of it

See a neurologist: This is one situation in which I would urge a 2nd opinion with a neurologist if you have not already seen one. If the neuropathy is related to lyme disease (and imo that is a large "if") the injury to the nerves heals very slowly. A neurologist would rule out other causes and offer you meds which are often very helpful in minimizing the symptoms. ...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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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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I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

List: Causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Causes may include, misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism), poor posture, stress or anxiety, arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders, excessive gum chewing. Treatment can be complex and beyond the scope of this answer. See a TMJ expert for guidance. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause an elevated CA125 reading?

Can Lyme disease cause an elevated CA125 reading?

Unknown: At this point in time there is a lot of discussion about this topic and many who feel there may be some association but there has been no known proof of an association of Lyme disease and an elevated CA 125. This is still being researched and nothing that can say a definite cause and affect. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

Toxins: Bacteria that causes disease carries toxins or alternatively, body may react with inflammation that in-turn would cause nausea through brain centers ...Read more

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I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

Lyme disease: Can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. If symptoms continue, a Lyme disease specialist can help. Your doc or the local medical society or hospital can refer you. Yes, please see doc and get tested but know that Lyme results and symptoms are mysterious anc can produce Fibro & CFS like symptoms. If you have symptoms see doc even if lab work says not. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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I am currently taking an antibiotic for Lyme disease can this cause me to miss my period?

I am currently taking an antibiotic for Lyme disease can this cause me to miss my period?

Hard to know: There are many reports of women having irregular periods when on antibiotics but it is not proven whether there is a relationship; if you are on antibiotics you have an infection & it is hard to know if the delayed period is due to the antibiotics or the infection! But in either case, your experience is not unusual.
I hope you are getting adequate treatment for lyme- see comment:. ...Read more

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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